A step back

Antrim Sinn Fein Councillors refused to support a motion praising the charitable work of the Royal British Legion in the borough.

Councillor Henry Cushinan defended the decision by arguing;

“Let’s not forget that there are two traditions in this borough. My tradition cannot support the Royal British Legion.”

This refusal to recognise that people of all backgrounds have served in the Armed Forces (and receive support from the RBL) contradicts the more open position of former Antrim Sinn Fein Councillor Martin Meehan. Despite Cushinan’s exclusivist definition of the nationalist tradition, the SDLP had no difficulty in supporting the motion.