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.
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.”