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Sinn Féin call-in decision to exclude Carney statue from City Hall

4 February, 2019 - by Ciarán Beattie


Sinn Fein Councillors on Belfast City Council have called in the decision to exclude a statue of Winifred Carney from the grounds of Belfast City Hall.

Belfast Sinn Féin council group leader Ciaran Beattie said:

“An Equality Impact Assessment in 2012 clearly demonstrated that there is an over provision of white, male, British/Unionist and middle/upper class statues in Belfast City Hall grounds.

“On 2nd March 2016 the Irish Congress of Trade Unions proposed in writing to the Chief Executive of Belfast City Council that a statue of Winifred Carney be installed.

“Winifred Carney was a trade unionist, suffragette, working class, a rights campaigner and a Republican female.

“A statue to Winifred Carney would be a small step in the right direction to address the gross imbalance in statues and displays in Belfast City Hall grounds.

“Belfast must be a progressive City and leave no one behind.

“A motion has been submitted for discussion at tonight’s council meeting to address the imbalance of statues in the grounds of Belfast City Hall, as set out in the EQIA.

“Republican citizens of Belfast need to know their history will not continue to be excluded from the grounds of  Belfast City Hall and that the imbalance against Republicans will begin to be properly addressed.”

Text of Motion

Statues in City Hall Grounds

Proposed by Councillor Beattie,

Seconded by the Lord Mayor (Councillor Hargey),

“This Council agrees to address the imbalance of statues in the grounds of Belfast City Hall, as set out in the EQIA.

The current statues largely represent the Unionist/British tradition, with no reflection afforded to the Republican tradition.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions proposed in writing to the Chief Executive on 2nd March, 2016 that a statue of Winifred Carney be installed, due to her history and success in Belfast.

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