Sinn Féin Councillor Philip Mc Guigan has expressed his disappointment at the refusal of the Causeway Coast and Glens Shadow Council to support his motion to request neutrality of flags and emblems at Council Buildings during Council and Committee meetings in the nine months of the Councils shadow period.
Cllr McGuigan said: “The new Council has yet to decide its own Equality policy with regards to these things and Sinn Féin will certainly be pushing for either equality or neutrality with regards to flags, emblems etc in Council buildings when that discussion does take place.
“Given that the current 4 constituent Councils of Coleraine, Moyle, Limavady and Ballymoney have 4 different policies I felt that it was right and proper that when Causeway Coast and Glens meetings are taking place within those buildings that they are kept neutral for the benefit of Councillors, staff and visitors alike.
“It is vital that staff have a neutral and safe environment to carry out their work without being offended or feeling intimidated.”
“Neutrality is a sensible approach and one that provides equality to all members. This is why I raised the issue during the meeting and I am disappointed that Councillors on the Shadow Council chose to reject this motion. Sinn Féin will continue to pursue neutrality within the new Supercouncil to ensure that the Council not only recognises its own diversity but so every member of staff, councillor and visitor feels at ease.”