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Lisburn Mayor to meet UDR victims family

25 August, 2006

Sinn Féin Group Leader on Lisburn Council Paul Butler today welcomed the decision of the Alliance Mayor of the Borough to meet with the family of Michael Power, who it is suspected was murdered by UDR members 20 years ago. The meeting comes after the Mayor supported efforts to erect a memorial to the unionist militia in Lisburn City centre.

Cllr. Butler said:

"The decision taken by Lisburn Council to erect a monument to the UDR in the centre of Lisburn has caused much anger and annoyance within the broad nationalist community. This is particularly true for those victims of this notorious militia. I have no doubt that if this proposal goes ahead many nationalists will simply choose to take their custom elsewhere and boycott shops and businesses in the city centre.

"I welcome the decision of the Mayor to meet with the family of Michael Power today to hear at first hand the experiences of this family whose son was murdered 20 years ago. There is a widely held belief that members of the UDR were involved and what is not in dispute is the fact that he was threatened by this force in the weeks leading up to his murder.

"I hope that even at this late stage the Mayor will see sense and realise the offence which this monument will cause and the potential long term economic damage to business life in Lisburn if it is to go ahead." ENDS

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