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Royal Crest display was both offensive and unlawful - Sinn Féin

11 October, 2006

Sinn Féin Belfast Councillor Paul Maskey has today said that he welcomed the decision to remove an illegal royal crest from a Court Service building.

Mr Maskey made his comments after it was revealed that a Royal Crest was illegally on display at the Belfast High Court for over three years and has now been removed from the courtroom.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

"I welcome the decision to remove the 'royal' crest from the Belfast High Court. Not only was it unlawful it was also offensive. The court service is a place of employment used by all sections of the community and every effort needs to be made to ensure that people feel comfortable in their place of work, and indeed those members of the public who use the Family Court.

"It is difficult to believe that "an administrative error during refurbishment" is being blamed for its illegal display for over three years and these excuses will not wash with anyone, particularly nationalists, who had to access and work in this building. Those who took this decision need to be made accountable.

"Sinn Féin will be seeking to raise this matter with the Direct Rule Minister responsible for courts and criminal justice to ascertain whether or not whether these symbols are illegally on display elsewhere." ENDS

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