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Robinson centre name change faces DUP criticism

The leisure centre in Castlereagh at the centre of a naming controversy
The leisure centre in Castlereagh at the centre of a naming controversy

By Allan Preston

The DUP has criticised a decision to rename the Robinson Centre in east Belfast.

The leisure facility in Castlereagh was named after the former DUP leader and First Minister, Peter Robinson.

Belfast City Council's Strategic Policy and Resources committee met yesterday on the matter.

The site is undergoing a £20m restoration and, subject to full ratification from the council, the facility will be known as the Lisnasharragh Centre.

SDLP activist Seamas de Faoite campaigned for the change, saying "there was no room for political ego-trips in 2019".

DUP councillor Lee Reynolds said: "The only outcome envisaged by the parties who pushed this issue forward was to see the name changed."

Sinn Fein councillor Ciaran Beattie said the new name meant the centre "will be welcoming and inclusive to all".

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