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Censorship slammed by Newtownabbey Sinn Féin councillor

23 January, 2014

Sinn Féin Newtownabbey councillor Gerry O’Reilly said the decision to cancel a play in Newtownabbey was the worse type of censorship.

The councillor was responding after the cancellation of a play due to be performed at the Mill Theatre.

Gerry O’Reilly said:

“This is clearly an example of certain councillors forcing their religious views onto everyone else in the constituency. What the councillors are basically saying is that they can dictate what type of dramas people can view.

“This is censorship at its worse and I have not heard the like since the Life of Brian was banned in Belfast in 1979.

 What kind of a message is it to send out to the wider public, especially considering the great boost to the North from Derry hosting the City of Culture and the all Ireland Fleadh.

“It was actually agreed at the council on Monday that no decision was to be taken on the play until the full council meeting this week, clearly a public democratic decision has been circumvented.

“Newtownabbey Council is being dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century and despite this set back we will continue to press the other councillors to recognise that it is indeed 2014.”

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