A victims campaigner has called for a change to planning legislation that will make memorials to convicted paramilitaries illegal.
A controversial application to erect a memorial to republican hunger strikers Francis Hughes and Thomas McElwee in Bellaghy is currently with the Planning Authority, which will come to Mid Ulster Council for a final decision. The Council's Planning Committee is made up of six members of Sinn Fein, which also chairs it, six members from the unionist bloc and three SDLP members.
As the legislation currently stands, all applications must be decided solely on whether or not they breach planning law.
This means that should the application for the hunger strike memorial reach Mid Ulster Council having met the criteria set out in the legislation, technically, unionist councillors on the committee would be unable to refuse without risking a legal challenge, although they could abstain.
Victims campaigner Kenny Donaldson from the South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) said changes to planning legislation must be changed to protect victims of paramilitaries from hurt and offence.
He said: "It is not enough that we have this situation in Northern Ireland where if someone put forward an application for a memorial to any terrorist crime which meets planning regulations, the Planning Authority will give that the nod.
"There has got to be a more robust tightening of the legislation that will make it illegal to erect a public memorial to convicted terrorists from any organisation.
"If memorials to terror have been illegally erected then they should be removed - whether it's terror memorials or communal displays of memorialisation to individuals.
"All of them are wrong and must cease.
"Whatever of planning policy, the law must be crystal clear - there should be robust legislation prohibiting the eulogising of those guilty of serious criminal offences in the context of the Troubles."
UUP and the DUP representatives not on the council's committee have already expressed their abhorrence of this planned memorial, although SDLP members have been silent on the issue.
Mid Ulster SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone declined to comment on the planned Bellaghy memorial, or on any monument honouring members of any paramilitary organisation.
SDLP councillor Sharon McAleer, who does not sit on the Planning Committee, also declined to comment.
A spokesman for the SDLP would also not be drawn on the party's stance on memorials honouring any paramilitary member.
On the Bellaghy application he said: "This matter is to be determined by Mid Ulster Council's Planning Committee.
"As planners have not yet prepared a report or made recommendations, local representatives are legally precluded from commenting in a way that would prejudge or predetermine the outcome.
"SDLP councillors will judge all applications in line with planning rules."