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DUP councillors walk out of Council meeting over Trump Israel motion

DUP councillors have walked out of a council meeting in protest against a motion calling on Donald Trump's to reverse his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The motion was tabled by independent republican councillor Gary Donnelly during a meeting on Thursday evening of Derry and Strabane District Council.

In the motion, Cllr Donnelly said that given it is "the corporate position of this council to support the Palestinian cause and in the interest of peace in the Middle East" it called on "the US President to reverse his decision".

The motion was opposed by the DUP councillors on the grounds that it is not relevant to the business of the council.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, DUP alderman Allan Bresland said: "We think it shouldn’t have been discussed. We told them that.

"What have Jerusalem or Israel got to do with Derry City and Strabane Council? It doesn’t concern Derry and Strabane District Council."

After opposition was raised in the chamber by the DUP's Hillary McClintock, who claimed the motion was a stunt, DUP representatives walked out of the chamber.

Sinn Fein's councillor Kevin Campbell said: "They talk about stunts, that was a stunt if ever there was one. What did it serve? It didn’t serve any purpose. It didn’t make a pile of sense to me anyways."

The motion, supported by the SDLP and Sinn Fein, was amended to state that the council should write directly to Donald Trump to express its concerns.

It passed through the chamber with 28 votes in favour and only three against.

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