Posted by: northbynorthwestblog | September 30, 2008

Limavady unionists let everyone down

NBNW was disappointed to see that the proposal to give Fr Kevin Mullan and Rev David Armstrong the freedom of the town failed to get sufficient support in the Council.  While a majority voted in favour, the SDLP and Sinn Fein were not enough to carry the two thirds majority needed.

What will really dismay people was the impression of the town created when the No voting unionists not only wouldn’t speak to the media to explain their decision – but they didn’t even speak in the chamber.  Whatever about their motivations, surely the unionist people of Limavady district can expect their reps to articulate their views.  Isn’t that the whole point of public representation.

People will talk about the need to build good relations in the town.  But surely unionism in this area needs to reach out too?  What hope can there be if unionists cannot even reach out to those within the Protestant community with whom they have disagreed?  And sooner or later unionists in mid Derry will have to reach out to nationalists as much as nationalists need to understand unionists.  On the evidence of the other evening, the credit crunch might be in school history books by then.  Hopefully my despair will be short lived and misplaced!

Nonetheless, NBNW looks forward to a day when these two ground breakers do become the first freemen of the town.

Town of hate or hope?

Town of hate or hope?


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