ECNI: “where it believes that a public authority may have failed to comply with its approved Equality Scheme…”

As UTV note, the Equality Commission For Northern Ireland have announced that they are “to conduct an investigation into a decision made by Newry and Mourne District council to retain the name “The Raymond McCreesh Park” for a Council-owned play park in Newry.”  Here’s Mick’s post on that decision in December last year. From the Equality Commission press release The investigation will consider whether, in making its decision, the Council has failed to comply with commitments made in its Equality …

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Do Unionist councils need to learn the ‘trick’ of using nationalist mayors as a majoritarian cover?

Watching Nolan on Wednesday night was a fascinating experience (of which more later). A couple of our regular bloggers were in the audience. Of all the moments, this from Chris probably took the lion’s share of positive comment on Twitter: He makes an important point, when he recounts the number of unionist councils which refuse to rotate the chair in council. Simply put, it is an open goal waiting to scored anytime power sharing comes up. What unionists miss, and …

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One rule for the City of Belfast and another for the City of Newry?

So, another ten year battle comes to an end. Raymond McCreesh was an IRA volunteer who was convicted of attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, possession of firearms with intent to endanger life and PIRA membership. He died on Hunger Strike in the Maze Prison after 61 days in 1981. As Henry Reilly of UKIP also notes: “Raymond McCreesh created so much fear in the unionist community. When he was caught he was setting up an ambush for police and Army …

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