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Council’s motion calls for governments to bin border

Donna Deeney

By Donna Deeney

A motion debated by Derry and Strabane Council, calling for the British and Irish Governments to scrap the border before the March 29 Brexit deadline, has been branded a waste of time.

Councillor Paul Gallagher brought the motion, but DUP Councillor David Ramsey said it was yet another example of one-upmanship between independent republicans and Sinn Fein in the council chamber.

He said the once good working relationship between all parties in the council was being damaged every time a controversial motion was debated.

Mr Ramsey said: "This is an example of a motion coming before council that we can't do anything about other than write a letter. Does Councillor Gallagher really think the Irish and British Governments are going to say 'that's okay, we'll remove the border?' - it is crazy."

Independent councillor Mr Gallagher's motion blamed the existence of a border as being the council area's "main cause of high deprivation, high unemployment and poor health and housing".

He said: "Now that the motion has been passed, the corporate position of council is that council asserts that partition is the cause of deprivation within this district which is what I was looking for and I think that was worthy of an hour-long debate."

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