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Cllr Stephen Corr: Alliance Party facilitate bigotry against Ballymurphy Families

1 December, 2010

Newly co-opted Sinn Féin Councillor for Upper Falls Stephen Corr has blasted the Alliance Party for their request to have a decision on the display of the Ballymurphy Massacre Exhibition at City Hall deferred to Committee.

Speaking from the City Hall this evening Cllr Corr said;
“I find it truly astonishing that Councillor Máire Hendron from the Alliance Party stood in the Chamber this evening and asked for a deferral on this most basic and human of requests.

Her stance comes despite an emotional presentation to the full Council from representatives of the Ballymurphy Families as well as Alan McBride from the Wave Trauma Centre requesting that the families allow their story to be told in what is their City Hall.

Recently the Alliance Party had the cheek to attack Sinn Féin on the issue of consensus and bridge-building in City Hall; but tonight’s disgraceful letdown shows they are all too willing to bow to Unionist pressure to stall this request and facilitate hostility in this building.

I have no doubt, given the actions of Councillor Hendron this evening, that the Ballymurphy Families will look forward to meeting with Unionist Councillors on this issue, particularly given the fact that those same Councillors ignored the families initial requests to meet with them.” CRÍOCH

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