Newshound spots an interesting report in the Newry Democrat. I’ve already noted the decision by the Orange Order’s Grand Lodge. Now it’s reported that, at a specially convened meeting, Newry and Mourne Council have agreed to oppose the Sinn Féin/DUP drafted Public Assemblies, Parades and Protests Bill on the grounds it is “an infringement of civil liberties and human rights“. According to the Newry Democrat report
[SDLP group leader Councillor Gary] Stokes said Sinn Fein has “joined forces” with the DUP in promoting the bill but added that Sinn Fein members “effectively voted with their feet” by not showing up at Wednesday’s special meeting.
“Only one Sinn Fein councillor, Charlie Casey, turned up,” he said.
By my reckoning there are 12 Sinn Féin councillors on Newry and Mourne Council… The consultation on the Bill is due to end today.