Belfast Telegraph

Unionists to oppose Strabane 1916 Rising memorial

By Donna Deeney

Unionists have voiced fierce opposition to plans for a permanent memorial in Strabane town centre commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising.

The memorial is one of a number of events being organised to mark the 100th anniversary of the Rising - but Ulster Unionist councillor Derek Hussey said he will do whatever he can to prevent it going ahead.

Sinn Fein accused Mr Hussey of "short sightedness", reminidng him that 2016 is also the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Mr Hussey said he would not support the application unless the memorial recognised the British soldiers who died in Dublin during the Easter Rising.

He said: "Certainly in the way this memorial is being discussed at the minute, I will not give any support to it, but if those people behind the plan were to include the British soldiers then I would be prepared to rethink.

"Strabane is supposed to be a shared space for everyone but this sends out a cold and unwelcoming message to the unionist community."

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