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Government body accused of supporting partition

31 May, 2006


Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has accused Ordinance Survey Ireland of supporting partition after they removed the Six Northern Counties from a 150-year old map of Ireland.

At the beginning of the week Ordinance Survey Ireland (OSI) launched a new website - www.historicmaps.ie - that contains a series of old maps of the country. The maps were drawn years before partition, meaning they would have covered all 32-counties. However, OSI has removed the North from images of the maps posted on its website. A notice on the website reads: "Please note that currently maps covering Northern Ireland are not contained within this archive."

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "These maps were drawn up many years before the partition of this nation and so Ordinance Survey Ireland would have access to the maps of all 32 Counties. It is most unfortunate that they have developed such a partitionist mindset. They are affectively supporting partition. I would call on them to make all the maps of Ireland that they have in their possesion available to all interested parties on this island and beyond.

"It would also be beneficial for them to make contact with their counterparts in the Six Counties to encourage All-Ireland co-operation on these matters and on any future projects." ENDS

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