Sinn Fein initiate Council name challenge

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
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Sinn Féin have confirmed that they have challenged the recent decision to name the new Council Newry Mourne & Down.

Megan Fearon MLA & Cllr Roisin Mulgrew pictured with letters of objections to the new Council name signed by over 120 Business and Community representatives which was handed into senior Council Officers

The official objection was lodged through what is known as the “Call In” Procedure. South Armagh Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said, “There is a huge backlash to the decision taken by the SDLP/Unionist voting bloc to exclude the entire south Armagh area from the name. “Many local businesses, community and voluntary groups and individual residents have contacted me and my colleagues to register in the strongest terms their anger at this Council name. “The South Armagh Chamber of Commerce has initiated a campaign to have this name changed and Sinn Féin will support them and all others who are working to challenge this decision.” The Sinn Féin representative said that there was grave disappointment that her Party’s proposal of Newry City, Mourne & Gullion had not been accepted. “All Sinn Féin elected representatives from across the new Council area supported the Newry City, Mourne & Gullion proposal. “We felt that this name reflected the entire region that we serve and also give recognition to Newry as the principal city. There is no rhyme or reason as to why in particular the SDLP have deliberately snubbed our area. The ratepayers of south Armagh should be included in the new name as of right not of privilege.” The Councillor also handed into senior Council Officials, letters objecting to the new name signed by over 120 business and community groups. Newry and Armagh MLA Megan Fearon pledged her full support for the campaign. “This decision will adversely affect this area. Those who live here, work here, invested in and promoted this area are rightly angry. South Armagh has once again been cast aside. “Tourism and investment in tourism is many of us believe the most realistic way to generate employment and investment. Gullion has been a success story in terms of tourism and our name included the two areas of outstanding beauty which the new council hoped to build on,” she added.

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