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Belfast Council rejects Irish Christmas greeting proposal

A proposal to treat visitors to Belfast City Hall with a bilingual Yuletide greeting next Christmas has been voted down.

The unseasonal notion was raised by Councillor Mairtin O Muilleoir who hoped "a positive attitude" would be shown towards his vision of bidding festive shoppers and passers a "Merry Christmas" in both English and Irish.

The DUP's Gavin Robinson slammed the idea as a "negative proposal" and other councillors accused Mr O Muilleoir of favouring a "pet project" over other minority languages in the city.

The south Belfast councillor's plans had hinged upon an amendment to a note on the maintenance of festive lights and signage but it sank when even the Alliance party members failed to support it.

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