Ex-Fianna Fail mayor slams QUB poppy row

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A former mayor of Drogheda has hit out at Sinn Fein supporters who tried to ban the sale of the poppy from Queen’s University Students’ Union.

A motion – claiming the annual poppy appeal was a “politically charged” and “divisive initiative” – was defeated at the student council on Wednesday night by 40 votes to 15.

Se�n Collins M.A.

Se�n Collins M.A.

Sean Collins was mayor in Drogheda in November 1999 when he resurrected the cenotaph ceremony in the town. Poppy wreaths are now laid there annually in honour of Irishmen who fought in the British services in the First World War.

 

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