The Strangford MLA, Mr McCarthy, said: “No matter what the Assembly Ombudsman’s findings are, Ian Paisley Jnr’s remarks still remain deeply offensive.
“As a Junior Minister in OFMDFM, he let down those who have worked so hard to show people that Northern Ireland is moving towards being an open-minded and progressive society.
“Everyone should remember that the person who made these disgraceful comments is going to be partly responsible for equality issues. That in itself is extremely shocking.
“I sincerely hope that the Ombudsman findings do not create a dangerous precedent which will let other deeply offensive remarks be made by those in positions of responsibility in future.”