29 March 2018
Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA has slammed those responsible for erecting a banner at a children’s play park in Newry which refers to a convicted terrorist as a ‘hero’.
Deputy Chair of the Infrastructure Committee
The banner which was placed on the fencing at the controversial ‘McCreesh Park’ play facility in Newry has angered Unionists and Mr Irwin said the authorities should “waste no time” in removing the offensive material from the site.
He said, “Make no mistake, this banner is designed and erected to attempt to force an agenda by republicans that the killing spree engaged in by the IRA over the many years of the troubles was something to be proud of. It could not be overstated that the IRA’s blood thirsty murdering campaign waged against the people of Northern Ireland was a monstrous and horrific series of brutal attacks.”
He added, “Raymond McCreesh was no hero and any right thinking person would not categorise his actions in the troubles as ‘heroic’ that could not be further from the cold reality of the IRA’s campaign of terror.”
He concluded, “The naming of this play park is a scandal, as are the very apparent attempts by Newry, Mourne & Down Council to avoid effectively addressing the hurt and pain this park naming has caused to the Unionist community and innocent victims of the IRA. The banner adds further to this hurt and must be removed without further delay.”