Removal of 1916 monument shameful and disrespectful - McMullan
Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has said the forcible removal of a 1916 monument in Carnlough by Mid and East Antrim Council was shameful and disrespectful and a blow for community relations in the area.
Mr McMullan said;
"This monument in Carnlough was erected earlier this year, like hundreds of others across Ireland, to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
"Mid and East Antrim Council confirmed today they have removed the memorial, claiming it had not received council approval.
"This is a shameful and disrespectful and one-sided act.
"There are loyalist memorials dotted throughout the council area. We are simply asking that all memorials should be respected and treated equally.
"This action has caused considerable hurt and anger in the Carnlough area.
"I can't think if a single issue that has caused so much hurt in recent times.
"I got a phonecall from a lady in tears this morning who asked if our community were ever going to get equal recognition in this council area.
"It is definitely a blow for community relations in the Carnlough and wider East Antrim area.
"I will be in contact with the chief executive of the council calling for the immediate return of this monument."