Tyrone hunger strike poster has 'potential to damage community relations'

A community representative has hit out at the erection of a poster paying homage to the hunger strikers in the County Tyrone village of Pomeroy.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 10:22 am

Ian Irwin said he is "disgusted and angered" that there are still those within the local community who "feel it appropriate to glorify terrorism."

Mr Irwin said the poster is on Mid Ulster District Council property and he has asked for its removal.

He said: "A poster paying homage to the hunger strikers has been placed over one of the roadsigns entering Pomeroy village.

Pomeroy community representative Ian Irwin pictured beside the poster in Pomeroy.

"Actions such as this are purely driven by sectarianism and provides a two fingered salute at the inclusive community spirit involved in securing almost £5M in Peace money for the local area entitled ‘Connecting Pomeroy’ .

"This sickening poster has been placed on Council property therefore MUC will not be allowed to abdicate from its responsibilities.

"I have contacted Mid Ulster Council to request that this sign is removed as a matter of urgency as it has the potential to damage community relations in the area."

Earlier this week a similar poster was erected in the village of Moy, prompting Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton to call on the Department of Infrastructure for its removal.

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