Irish first signs planned to be erected at all Councilís offices
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
SIGNS bearing 'Irish first' to be erected at Council offices across the district are an example of Sinn Fein "bully boy tactics".
That's the view of the DUP's group leader on Mid-Ulster District Council, Paul McLean.
However, his claim has been rebuffed by Sinn Fein's Dungannon Councillor Dominic Molloy, who said the Council's logo had long since been agreed.
Both Cookstown and Magherafelt Council Offices will be soon be adorned with signs bearing the Council's logo and the Council's name in both Irish and English.
In-keeping with the rest of the Council's use of the logo, the Irish is placed above the English on the sign, with both printed in the same size and colour.
Members of the Council's Policy & Resources Committee approved the usage of the signs on the two council offices.
The DUP members on the committee stated their objection to the proposals, but nationalist members indicated their support and the proposals were passed.
The decision did not go down well with Cllr McLean, who accused Sinn Fein of "bully boy tactics" and "rubbing unionism's nose in it".
Speaking to the Courier, he said: "We don't believe first and foremost that the Irish language should be getting an equal status to the English language.
"It should not be the same size and definitely should not be above the national language of the country.
"This is a further attempt by Sinn Fein to rub unionism's nose in it.
"They talk about equality but it's about their own agenda. They are using it again as a political tool to advance their own causes.
"On one hand they saw they want to treat unionists and unionism with respect and equality but they railroad everything through. It's bully boy tactics being used by Sinn Fein."
However, Dominic Molloy said the logo had long been agreed and said the sign was aesthetically appealing.
Cllr Molloy told the Courier: "The Council logo was agreed over two years ago now. It's not about bully boy anything.
"Several proposals were put forward and a consultation was done and we have had very positive feedback on the logo.
"Aesthetically, the Irish and the English sits very well together.
"I understand the DUP have an issue with it, but that's the way it has been agreed and that's the logo going forward," concluded Cllr Molloy.
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