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ANGER OVER MONUMENT

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

ANGER OVER MONUMENT thumbnailThe inscription on the monument is the 1916 Proclamation of the Republic

A MONUMENT in the village of Leitrim is "not a good thing for community relations" according to a unionist councillor who represents the area.

DUP Councillor Garth Craig made the comment after a grey granite monument appeared along the roadside early last week.

The inscription on the monument is the 1916 Proclamation of the Republic, also known as the Easter Proclamation which was a document issued during the Easter Rising.

At the bottom of the grey stone, it reads: "This monument has been put in place by the local community to commemorate the men and women who give their lives for Irish freedom."

It is not known whether planning permission had been granted. Councillor Craig says he was contacted by concerned locals who believe the monument is "not in the community spirit" of the area.

“I utterly condemn this blatant attempt by republicans to stir up divisions within the local community by the erection of this memorial," said Councillor Craig.

“It is a deliberate attempt to alienate the unionist community, many of whom have resided in the area for many generations.

“This is a shared space, but those responsible for placing the memorial here are obviously interested in community relations, but only in promoting the republican agenda.

“I call on those responsible to remove it from this public space. I am waiting for a reply as to whether planning permission was granted for this from council," said Councillor Craig.

A response by Sinn Fein was not received at the time of press.

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