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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

SDLP seeks removal of paramilitary flag

SDLP representatives have been working to secure the removal of an illegal paramilitary flag that was erected outside council offices in Limavady.

Deputy Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Council Ashleen Schenning said that council staff who attempted to remove the UDA flag were subjected to intimidation from ‘sinister elements’.

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East Londonderry MLA Cara Hunter has been in touch with the PSNI to seek a speedy resolution.

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Deputy Mayor Ashleen Schenning said: “The people of Limavady have no appetite for this type of behaviour in the town. 

“I have been contacted by people from both sides of our community and they are clear that nobody wants these flags flying.

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“Council staff attempted to remove this illegal paramilitary flag from our offices last night but were prevented from doing so by sinister elements. Those responsible for the intimidation of public servants have nothing to offer people here and must be faced down by our community.

Cara Hunter added: “Limavady is a shared and welcoming community. There is no place for the illegal flags of paramilitary murderers in this, or any, community.

“I have been in touch with the PSNI about this situation and have asked them to facilitate the removal of the flag which is causing immense hurt and distress to people from across our community.”

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