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Kenny Donaldson

Kenny Donaldson

Kenny Donaldson

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.