Following a formal complaint lodged by UUP Councillor Danny Kennedy (MLA), 17 Republican and Nationalist councillors from Newry and Mourne face the prospect of being expelled from office for up to five years. The issue is related to when they barred FAIR from using Newtownhamilton Community Centre in 2001-2.
FAIR won the case but it has now come to light that these councillors acted against advice given by Newry & Mournes Chief Executive, two barristers and the councils own solicitor. The discrimination case cost the council over £10,000 in legal fees. Sinn Fein in particular stated "Our community is most unhappy with FAIRs use of the centre so we have to balance our peoples wishes with any legal or other advices recieved". Simply translated that means "We dont want Protestant Victims using the venue and we will rise above the law when it suits us".
FAIR Spokesperson William Frazer says that simply repaying the wasted legal fees is not enough and that the councillors responsible must be held to account fully. He also reminds the local population in Newtownhamilton that "they should have no fear of FAIR using the community centre. The only time it has been damaged was when the IRA planted bombs in the town".
HELP US TELL THE TRUTH