SDLP poised to '˜re-examine all decisions' on IRA park name

The leader of the SDLP grouping on Newry, Mourne & Down Council has reaffirmed his party's position that a public facility should not be named after an IRA hunger striker.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 10th April 2016, 11:15 am
Updated Sunday, 10th April 2016, 11:37 am
The park was named after violent republican Raymond McCreesh in 2001
The park was named after violent republican Raymond McCreesh in 2001

Councillor Colin McGrath said: “I think the SDLP perspective is quite clear; we don’t believe in naming play parks and other public spaces after anybody that was involved in the Troubles.

“If the judicial review says that [the procedures] weren’t followed correctly then we are back at the drawing board and then at that stage I think we need to re-examine all the decisions right from the start.”

The name ‘McCreesh Park’ had the support of the SDLP group on the old Newry Council.

However, last night Mr McGrath said: “We as a party, like everybody else in Northern Ireland, are looking to move forward and look to the future.”