Newry playpark decision reversed by Equality Commission

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Friday, July 1st, 2016
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Local Ulster Unionist representatives, Danny Kennedy MLA and Cllr David Taylor have welcomed the decision by the NI Equality Commission to refer the naming of the Patrick Street play park back to Newry, Mourne & Down District Council. raymond mccreesh parkIn a joint statement they said it represented “a significant u turn by the Commission, which although belated, was still welcome”. Kennedy said, “The Ulster Unionist Party at all levels has consistently opposed the naming of this children’s play park after the convicted terrorist Raymond McCreesh and we have long campaigned and sought to have that decision overturned. “We look forward to the Council as quickly as possible overturning and changing for good the disgraceful and offensive decision taken originally by NMDC and we are confident that there is a clear potential majority on the current Council to make that change if the political will is there.” Cllr David Taylor, the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party grouping on the Council said, “There is now a clear onus on all of the members of Newry, Mourne & Down District Council to “do the right thing” and change the name of this play park to something more appropriate and acceptable.
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July 2016He added, “I very much hope that Council members, particularly from the Nationalist community, will now take the opportunity to deal with this issue once and for all.”

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