‘Community support for Raymond McCreesh Park’ – Newry MP

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Thursday, May 24th, 2018
Community, Politics

Local MP Mickey Brady has said that the residents of Ballybot support the retention of the name of the Raymond McCreesh park.

He recently addressed the several hundred strong crowd at the park to mark the 37th anniversary of the Hunger Strike.



The Newry Armagh MP said, “I am proud that three times throughout the years, the residents of Barcroft and Ballybot have steadfastly and democratically stood united behind the retention of the name of the park.

“In 2001, on the 20th anniversary of the Hunger Strike, the residents of this area democratically lobbied to name their park after Raymond McCreesh to which there were no objections.”

Brady also criticised the SDLP for what he described as the SDLP’s ‘backing of Unionist calls for the renaming of the park’.



“One of the SDLP arguments on this issue is that Raymond McCreesh had no connection with Ballybot,” he continued.

“Raymond McCreesh was first and foremost an Irish man. He was also born in Daisy Hill and therefore he was, by extension, born in Ballybot.”



More on this story:

‘SDLP dancing to Orange Order tune over McCreesh Park’ – Brady

Newry MP accuses unionists of ‘creating tension’ over Newry play park



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