Cookstown councillor backs Willie Frazer over Sinn Fein plaque row

Willie Frazer

Willie Frazer

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A Cookstown councillor has weighed in to the row following the lock-out of Victims campaigner Willie Frazer from a meeting of Magherafelt District Council last week.

Councillor Robert Kelly said barring Mr Frazer proved that Magherafelt Council is a cold house for Unionism.

Councillor Robert Kelly

Councillor Robert Kelly

“Northern Ireland’s churches and halls are filled with plaques in memory of men and women who died at the hands of terrorists; further more graveyards are filled with headstones with only family members silently remembering their loved ones day and daily,” he said.

“Yet in a public building being paid for by these people as ratepayers, we have a plaque for two men who supported the IRA campaign of genocide against the people of Northern Ireland.”

Continuing Councillor Kelly said while everybody will claim they have a right to commemorate their dead surely people have to realise that this is a case of inequality and insensivity.

“As we move into the transition of creating a new Mid Ulster Council and all the talk about a shared future, there is the opportunity of Magherafelt to be the host of the new council to be called into question as its already creating double standards before we have even got started.

“While republicans use their superiority in certain council areas, trying to justify their past, there will always be cases of inequality and division for the forseeable future.”

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