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‘No room at the inn’ – Council won’t fund village Christmas lights

8 October, 2009

Sinn Féin councillor Terry Hearty has expressed his disappointed after council officials confirmed that Newry & Mourne District Council will not fund Christmas lights for small villages in the area this year.

Cllr Hearty said;

“At last night’s Council meeting senior officials confirmed that small villages in the district will no longer receive the annual funding for Christmas lights.

“I am extremely disappointed by this revelation as the officials did not state this clearly when the rates were being struck.

“The switching on of the Christmas lights provides an annual community get-together in villages across Newry and Mourne and will be sorely missed.

Cllr Hearty also added that he believed council officials had been caught out themselves on the issue.

“When I asked a senior council official if there was money available for the lights he was unable to answer me.”

His party colleague Cllr Pat McGinn agreed and said that the council was purporting a ‘No room at the Inn’ policy.

“Residents of this district have previously been denied access to public toilets on bank holidays, now we are told that there will be no Christmas lights this year. The people of Newry and Mourne are growing sick of this ‘No room at the inn’ policy that the Council has introduced” CRÍOCH

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