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Minister denies snubbing town’s Sinn Fein mayor

By Donna Deeney

The DUP Social Development Minister pulled out of a scheduled visit to Limavady yesterday — but denied it had anything to do with controversial mayor Sean McGlinchey.

Nelson McCausland was due to visit Blackburn Path Linear Park as part of a trip to the north west, but while other visits in Londonderry went ahead, Limavady was dropped from the ministerial diary. Mr McCausland said he would reschedule his trip and would not have a problem meeting with Mr McGlinchey.

Unionists have been angered at the new mayor’s appointment because of the Sinn Fein representative’s role in planting a bomb in Coleraine which killed six people in 1973.

Mr McCausland said: “I had other commitments, these things happen from time to time, but I expect the visit will be scheduled for later this year. In my role I meet all kinds of people every day and I will have no difficulty meeting anyone.”

While in Derry the minister opened a £2m housing scheme on the former Rosemount PSNI station site.

He also took a tour of an innovative project in Rinmore Drive in Creggan. The minister later unveiled 17 new homes at Rosemount Cottages, which were completed in just over a year, and handed over the keys to the first residents. He also visited the Cathedral Youth Club before going on a brief walkabout on the Fountain estate.

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