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Sinn Fein's Seeley defends Remembrance memorial snub

By Claire Williamson

A Sinn Fein deputy mayor has defended her decision not to attend Remembrance events this weekend.

The DUP criticised the move describing it as a "backward step".

Councillor Catherine Seeley, who has been selected to run as a Sinn Fein candidate at next year's Westminster elections, confirmed she would not be at the ceremony in the Craigavon borough.

She said: "While I respect the right of all to remember and honour the fallen from the First and Second World Wars and indeed our recent conflict, it is clear that the British military involvement in such commemorations makes it impossible for the entire community to get involved.

"In the absence of an agreed inclusive commemorative ceremony I will not be attending any of the Remembrance Sunday events planned in the borough.

"I do however offer my condolences to all who lost their lives in war and respect the right of all to honour and remember their war dead." Last night, the DUP said it was the first time the Mayor's Office has not been represented in the two main towns within the borough.

DUP councillor Carla Lockhart said: "This is a backward step by the Deputy Mayor which not only tarnishes her office but more importantly is disrespectful to the 400 service personnel listed on Lurgan War Memorial.

"Those occupying the Deputy Mayor's Office should rise above party politics and carry out their civic duty."

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