Outrage at Easter lily display in Magherafelt Council offices

Willie Frazer with the lily display
Willie Frazer with the lily display

A display in Magherafelt Council office of Easter lilies on a box marked ‘Honour Ireland’s Patriot dead’ has been slated by victims’ spokesman Willie Frazer.

Mr Frazer, from Families Acting for Innocent Relatives, said he “could not believe that something like that was sitting in the reception of the council building”.

“That is deeply offensive for people from the unionist tradition,” he said.

TUV Magherafelt council candidate Gareth Ferguson said: “The Magherafelt area suffered greatly at the hands of the terrorists who are celebrated by those who wear Esther lilies. This is a gross insult to the loved ones of those who died at the hands of republican terrorists.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that such items would be displayed in a building funded by ratepayers, many of whom are unionists.”

Mr Ferguson has demanded the “immediate removal” of the Easter lilies.

A PSNI spokesman said they have received a complaint about the Easter lily display and said inquiries 
were ongoing.

A spokeswoman for Magherafelt Council confirmed the Easter lily display was visible in Magherafelt Council.

Sinn Fein Councillor Sean McPeake said: “There is a box in the reception for members of the public to take Easter lilies. There is no purchase.”

According to a Sinn Fein website Easter lilies are worn by republicans “to remember the men and women of 1916 and those of more recent generations who died in the name of Irish freedom”.