Belfast Telegraph

IRA machine gun sign at Belfast hospital binned

An IRA sign erected outside Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital's has been removed and disposed of.

A sign bearing the letters 'IRA' along with a machine gun appeared outside the hospital's pedestrian entrance.

Local SDLP Councillors Donal Lyons and Tim Attwood removed the sign.

"No excuses, no justification, no place for paramilitary trappings in our city," Councillor Lyons said.

"Into the dustbin of history you have gone and in the dustbin of history you should remain."

Councillor Tim Attwood said the SDLP would be meeting the PSNI to discuss similar signs in the area.

“Hospitals should be a neutral space for patients and staff alike. Twenty years on from the Good Friday Agreement, which received an overwhelming endorsement from the people of this island, these groups still fail to recognise that their message and presence isn’t wanted and will not be tolerated," he said.

“The SDLP will be requesting a meeting with the PSNI to seek further clarification on plans for similar displays to be disposed off across the city."

Dee Fennell of Republican party Saoradh attacked the SDLP for condemning the sign.

"Attacks on displays incorporating IRA emblems from the SDLP have been and will be rejected by the vast majority of people living in west Belfast, a proud community that regularly hosts commemorations for Republican Volunteers," he said.

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