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Tantrums and tirades

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Tantrums and tirades thumbnailPUP Councillor Russell Watton.

A DEBATE spanning two council meetings on the wording of a motion condemning sectarianism was finally settled on Tuesday with victory for the Unionist majority. The row over the form of words chosen to back a statement issued by six party leaders in the wake of an incident on a Belfast housing estate, began at last week's Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council's Leisure and Development Committee.
It was Sinn Fein's Kieran Mulholland who proposed acknowledging the leaders' support for "citizens to live in a society without fear of intimidation, free from sectarianism and condemn all forms of sectarianism, intolerance and threats of violence."
However it was Sinn Fein's inclusion of further pledges on rights to live, work and worship free from intimidation and attack, that angered Unionists and resulted in their refusal to back the motion.
The DUP's Trevor Clarke insisted Republicans had consistently inhibited citizens' rights of free association and worship.
And, he said, they showed no remorse for murders which took place throughout the 'Troubles', including the six committed in Coleraine in 1973.
Referring to Mr Mulholland's party colleague Sean McGlinchey, he added: "Shamefully, one of the bombers stood here in this chamber and said he was proud to have been an IRA man."

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