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Disappointment at Belfast City Council artefacts move – Sinn Féin

1 September, 2009

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Maskey has expressed his deep disappointment at this evening’s decision by Belfast City Council, to proceed with the re-installation of certain artefacts in the City Hall without agreement on the totality of items.

He explained that tonight’s decision goes against the councils supposed desire outcome, which is to achieve balance for Belfast rate payers in terms of how they are represented through City Hall displays and artefacts.

Speaking after tonight’s vote Cllr Maskey said:

“Before Belfast City Hall closed for refurbishment in 2007 it only told the city’s history from a Unionist perspective; City Hall is due to open its doors to the public within the next few weeks, but still it will not represent all of the citizens of this city.

Sinn Féin were the only party to support a position that would have ensured Belfast City Hall to re-open its doors with artefacts inside that are representative of all the people of Belfast.

The fact that the S.D.L.P voted against our proposal on this issue is shameful in that they have once again effectively ensured that the community that they claim to represent are ignored in relation to the city Halls décor on its re-opening.

Much hard work has been ongoing over recent times to ensure that the City Hall, once reopened, properly reflects the rich diversity and makeup of this city, Sinn Féin is committed to ensuring equality for all.” CRÍOCH

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