McGinn blasts Millvale Road UVF flag

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Monday, June 18th, 2012
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Newry and Mourne Sinn Féin Councillor Pat Mc Ginn has expressed his dismay at the erection of a UVF Paramilitary flag on the Millvale Road. McGinn stated that those who erected it were motivated not by the desire to celebrate, but to intimidate.

Speaking to Newry Times, McGinn said, “I have been contacted by local people who see the erection of this YCV /UVF Paramilitary flag as an attempt to undermine good community relations in the area. They have all expressed their disgust that this emblem of organisations which have been responsible for the deaths of innocent people is being allowed to remain on display.”

Commenting on the wider issue of  Flags and Emblems the local elected representative stated “Sinn Féin is conscious of the issues surrounding the flying of flags in public areas and we are committed to playing our part to address the challenges associated with those issues. However the display of flags to mark out geographical areas of control or to promote sectarianism or intimidation is wholly unacceptable.”

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