Low turnout for SF’s remembrance day…

SINN Fein’s attempt in Fermanagh to commemorate all victims of the Troubles appears to have been a bit of a damp squib, with only 15 people turning up for the Day of Reflection there. The event is now to be “evaluated”.

  • Gerry Lvs Castro

    An extremely welcome display of apathy — the sooner everyone gets over commemorations, protest marches, OO marches and general MOPEry, the sooner we can concentrate on the real issues — sorting out filthy hospitals, educating our kids without holding car boot sales to buy books and making our streets safe to walk without being mugged.
    I suggest holding all future marches, protests, commemerations etc at Nutts Corner — lots of space, lots of car parking and no residents to show concern. Once the spanking new ‘white elephant’ stadium is built at the Maze, it could also be used as a marching / meeting forum on the 300+ days a year when it won’t be used for sporting purposes.

  • Lets just remember that SF would like to pass this off as a cross-community event although many of the 15 guests were SF members and the only ‘victim‘ to attend was the wife of an IRA man!

    “There is some idea that the Day of Reflection should be organised by a cross community group but for it to be a civic reception, it always requires that the chairman of the Council be involved.

    Well then if it requires the chairman to be involved then it will be another three years before it happens again in Fermanagh

  • missfitz

    couldnt read that story, even after subscribing… is there a secret?

  • Heres the full story

    The chairman of Fermanagh District Council has said he will have to “evaluate” a day to remember those who died as a result of conflict after only 15 people turned up at the event.

    The Sinn Fein organised Day of Reflection was held on Friday evening at the Townhall.

    It was designed as a day to remember those from both communities who lost their lives due to war and conflict within Fermanagh.

    However, the only victim to attend the civic reception was Betty Leonard, widow of Louis Leonard, who was shot dead and found at his Derrylin butcher’s shop at Christmas 1972.

    Mrs Leonard joined other guests including council staff and Sinn Fein party members.

    Guests at the hour-long civic reception were addressed by Council chair Stephen Huggett before they listened to a piece of reflective music.
    They were then invited to write messages about those they were thinking of on cards that were then hung on a message tree.

    This was the second time a Day of Reflection was held after the initiative was launched last year throughout the Province.

    The press was banned from attending its inaugural event last year but it was estimated that around 40 people turned up.
    This year, less than half that figure arrived.

    Mr Huggett said that the low numbers at the event were mainly down to a “few problems in organisation”.

    “My party started it last year and we are hoping it will be continued. We will have to evaluate how the thing is going,” he said.

    “There is some idea that the Day of Reflection should be organised by a cross community group but for it to be a civic reception, it always requires that the chairman of the Council be involved.

    “It would have been encouraging if things had made progress but I think the fact that it occurred at all was an achievement,” said Mr Huggett.