Government papers: Unionists told nothing wrong with council name change

Chris Patten

Chris Patten

Londonderry City Council voted to change its name to Derry City Council in 1984 and that year the Government acceded to the request.

A file on the matter released at the Public Record Office in Belfast contains limited details of discussions within the NIO at the time.

The then NIO junior minister Chris Patten wrote to several unionist MPs who objected to the change, arguing that anywhere else in the UK if a local council voted to change its name it would not even be a matter for a Government minister unless the name chosen was grossly inappropriate.

 

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