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Edwin Poots renamed government building in honour of Queen despite knowing it could cause ‘offence’

Staff were not consulted on the name change and only informed two days before the plaque was unveiled

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Minister Edwin Poots unveiling the a plaque bearing the new name

Minister Edwin Poots unveiling the a plaque bearing the new name

Minister Edwin Poots unveiling the a plaque bearing the new name

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots decided to rename a government building in honour of the Queen without consultation and despite recognition from his department that it could “raise sensitivity” for nationalist members of staff.

Last week, the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affair’s (DAERA) headquarters in Ballykelly was officially re-named Jubilee House to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.


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