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Sinn Fein and SDLP remove election posters close to war memorial in Tyrone

By Cate McCurry

Sinn Fein and the SDLP have removed election posters near a cenotaph in Co Tyrone after the British Legion said it showed a lack of respect.

Posters of Westminster election candidates Barry McElduff and Daniel McCrossan had been erected close to the war memorial in Omagh for the upcoming election.

The move was criticised by chair of the local British Legion branch, Richard Scott.

Mr Scott told a local newspaper that the election posters were "disrespectful".

It's understood that within hours of his views being made public the Sinn Fein poster was removed.

Mr McElduff, a candidate for the West Tyrone seat, said: "Since it was important to the British Legion, and in a spirit of respect, then we agreed to remove the poster.

"We have to respect what is important to other organisations.

"We will continue to put posters up in Drumragh Avenue, which is a lengthy road, but we will respect that space that is in close proximity to the cenotaph."

Mr McCrossan said his campaign poster had also been removed from close to the war memorial.

"The planning of putting up election posters is undertaken by my election committee, so I have no direct involvement in determining where they are placed," he said.

"However, I am willing to talk to anyone who has any concerns about where election posters are put up and whether they are causing obstruction or any other issue. Posters are not erected to cause offence, so we are happy to take down posters at the cenotaph."

Mr Scott told the Ulster Herald that he appreciated the "positive gesture" from both parties.

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