Belfast Telegraph

Council building graffiti blasted

Graffiti which was daubed on the offices of Mid Ulster Council has been branded an attack on democracy by an MP.

Slogans reading "Hands off our poppy" and "Leave our culture alone" were sprayed on the building overnight.

Last month the new super council, which incorporates Dungannon, Magherafelt and Cookstown, voted to ban the sale of political emblems including poppies.

Council chairman Linda Dillon said: "The council's decisions are taken through proper democratic processes.

"Leaving threatening, anonymous messages on buildings is not the way for people to express their opinions".

A security alert was also sparked after a member of staff found a suspect device at the office.

However, Army bomb experts carried out a controlled explosion and declared it a hoax.

Sinn Fein MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew said it was an attack on democracy.

She said: "The new super council's decision on the sale of emblems, both the poppy and Easter lily, was taken so that council buildings would be a shared space, open and welcome to all.

"Unfortunately there are still those in our society who would wish to counter this progressive policy through actions such as these. They will not succeed in deterring the council from its valuable work."


From Belfast Telegraph