Sinn Féin councillor Liz Kimmins has said those who refused to support lighting up Craigmore Viaduct in support of the Newry Pride Festival are living in the dark ages.
Speaking after Newry and Mourne Council voted against a Sinn Féin proposal to illuminate the Craigmore Viaduct in the colours of the Rainbow flag in support of Newry Pride Festival, the councillor said;
"Newry and Mourne Council have on several occasions approved the illumination of the Craigmore Viaduct to celebrate significant dates or highlight issues.
"Sinn Féin proposed that the viaduct should be illuminated again in support of the 2014 Newry Pride Festival and Parade.
"Now narrow-minded political interests on the Council have opposed the proposal, claiming that it is suddenly too expensive.
"In my opinion there was a nasty homophobic undertone to this debate.
"By refusing to support illuminating the viaduct these reactionary elements are living in the dark ages.
"This decision showed little tolerance and was certainly not an example of a modern, progressive inclusive council committed to positive change.
"Sinn Féin will continue to work in solidarity with the LGBT community to create positive change in our society to promote equal rights for everyone."