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Republican commemoration event at Whiterock Leisure Centre probed

By Rebecca Black

The PSNI is examining social media websites to determine whether a crime was committed during an event in a leisure centre in which IRA terrorists were commemorated.

All parties in Belfast City Council – except Sinn Fein – criticised the event in Whiterock Leisure Centre on Saturday evening.

DUP councillor Gavin Robinson told the council last night he was appalled as details of the event emerged, claiming the Parks and Leisure committee was not given details of what was planned when councillors approved it.

Alliance councillor Laura McNamee said she echoed these concerns.

Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Rodgers said he was "very disappointed".

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood condemned both the Whiterock event and a show of strength carried out by loyalists at a council-owned community centre on Sandy Row.

He challenged Sinn Fein to condemn the event.

However the party's Steven Corr said he stood by the people of Ballymurphy over the event. His colleague Jim McVeigh said it had been an historical re-enactment.

Chair of the Parks and Leisure committee Gareth McKee (DUP) said that the council was investigating and had contacted the PSNI.

He added that the PSNI was currently examining social media websites to determine whether any crime had been committed.

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