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Pro-Europe SDLP man in poster campaign

By Suzanne Breen

Published 13/06/2016

Frustrated: Declan Boyle
Frustrated: Declan Boyle

A Belfast councillor is so disillusioned with the official campaign to remain in the EU that he is putting up his own posters in an attempt to sway voters.

The SDLP's Declan Boyle, has erected posters all over south Belfast promoting what he claims are the huge economic benefits to Northern Ireland of remaining in the EU.

The posters show a slice of bread with a knife beside the slogan: "Make sure you know what side your bread is buttered on. Vote Remain on June 23rd."

Mr Boyle said: "I believe that people could be sleepwalking into a Leave vote in 10 days' time.

"The official campaign to remain in the European Union hasn't been vigorous enough nor has it presented its message in simple terms.

"For me, it's a very black and white matter.

"We will be an awful lot worse off if we leave the EU.

"We are bottom of the pile in the UK already.

"Being on the other side of the Irish Sea, we are far off London's radar.

"When it comes to allocating funds, does anybody seriously think that the British Government will choose Newcastle, Co Down, over Newcastle upon Tyne or that Fermanagh will triumph over Finchley?

"Not a chance."

Mr Boyle, a councillor for the Botanic area, claimed that the closure of the motor tax offices in Coleraine in 2014 proved that Northern Ireland would lose out when resources are being distributed.

"The Driver and Vehicle Agency buildings were closed here as the service was centralised in Wales," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"It was a prime example of priority being given to a location on the UK mainland."

Last year, Mr Boyle erected controversial anti-burglary posters across south Belfast following a dramatic rise in the number of break-ins.

The posters, advising people to increase their home security, brought him into conflict with TransportNI which said that, under Article 87 of the Roads Order, he had acted unlawfully.

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