Checks could have been better ahead of ‘IRA terror fest’

Whiterock Leisure Centre in Belfast

Whiterock Leisure Centre in Belfast

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Belfast City Council was not as thorough as it could have been when it allowed one of its buildings to be used for a community event, which turned out to include paramilitary displays.

That is the verdict of a report into a gathering in Whiterock Leisure Centre on March 29 where replica weapons, paramilitary flags and a Sinn Fein banner were among the items on show, leading the TUV’s Jim Allister to denounce it as an “IRA terror fest”.

Now an investigation by the council has found it was left in the dark about exactly what was going to happen when it approved the “community celebration”, but also that it was not as “robust and searching as it might have been” when vetting the application.


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