24/05/2018

SDLP Councillors Remove IRA Sign Outside Royal Victoria Hospital

An IRA sign erected outside Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital has been removed.

The sign, which bore the letters 'IRA' and featured a machine gun, was taken down by SDLP Belfast City Councillors, Donal Lyons and Tim Attwood.

Cllr Attwood said hospitals "should be a neutral space for patients and staff alike".
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"Twenty years on from the Good Friday Agreement, which received an overwhelming endorsement from the people of this island, these groups still fail to recognise that their message and presence isn't wanted and will not be tolerated," he said.

"The SDLP will be requesting a meeting with the PSNI to seek further clarification on plans for similar displays to be disposed of across the city."

Cllr Donal Lyons added: "There is no justification for paramilitary trappings in our city. Patients and their families have enough to deal with, without having to tolerate territorial shows of strength from illegal organisations."

Image: Councillor Tim Attwood.

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