Mayors Refusal to Recognise McGuinness Regretful and Wrong – Hardy



Sinn Féin Councillor Patrice Hardy has criticised the decision of Audrey Wales, the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Council, to not  mention Martin McGuinness in a minute’s silence for those who have passed away since the previous monthly council meeting

Cllr. Hardy said:

“It was requested that Martin McGuinness would be included in the list of the bereaved during a minute’s silence. This request was refused. This decision from the Mayor was regretful and highlights that the vision of shared society appears to be one that she and other unionist representatives refuse to embrace.”

“Martin McGuinness died a statesman. He was the Deputy First Minister in the North for the past decade. His funeral was attended by leaders from all the local political party’s, the President of Ireland and the former President of the USA among other dignitaries. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Derry to mourn the death of Martin McGuinness, many of these people being residents of Mid and East Antrim.”

“The refusal by the Mayor, to include his name within a list of the bereaved, is in my view a disgraceful abuse of her position. The mayor should remember she represents all within the Borough. Her actions stand in stark contrast to the actions of Martin, a statesman, who worked tirelessly to reach out to Unionists and all citizens living here in a spirit of reconciliation. These are the types of acts that our own Mayor could learn from. Her acts highlight the road still to travel in some places across the North for respect and equality for all.”

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