Irwin urges response on Newry play park ‘terrorist’ naming

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Monday, December 8th, 2014
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Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA has urged the Unionist community to take the opportunity to respond to the current consultation on the decision by Newry Council to name the Patrick Street play area after an IRA hunger striker. The decision, which prompted Irwin to meet and raise a complaint with the Equality Commission, is currently under review and the closing date for consultation responses is 19th December 2014. Speaking to Newry Times Irwin said, “I would certainly urge the Unionist community and indeed everyone in the community to respond to the Equality Commission and outline their disgust with the decision to name a children’s play area after an IRA hunger striker and terrorist. “This was a ridiculous decision and certainly needs to be reversed and that must be the end verdict in this investigation. It has taken an extraordinary amount of time for the Equality Commission to get to this stage and this is in very stark contrast to the actions of the Commission in pursuing a Christian owned bakery. “The Equality Commission has went straight to court over an iced cake yet a kids play park named after a terrorist merely goes out to public consultation, that does not instil confidence in the Commission within the Unionist community,” he insisted. “I would urge the Unionist and wider community to respond to the consultation and send a message to both Newry Council and the Equality Commission that the decision to name this play area after a terrorist was wrong on every level. Irwin added, “Response templates for the consultation are available through my local offices in Tandragee and Richhill or can be accessed on Newry & Mourne Council website with the following link: .” More on this story: Row over contentious Newry play park rumbles on Equality Commission to investigate Newry Council decision over Raymond McCreesh Park Unionists outraged after Newry play park renaming
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