Call to SF on city name issue

April Garfield Kidd (DUP) candidate pictured at the North West Launch of the Women's Manifesto calling for gender equality ahead of the Assembly and Local Government elections on May 5th. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 8.4.11
April Garfield Kidd (DUP) candidate pictured at the North West Launch of the Women's Manifesto calling for gender equality ahead of the Assembly and Local Government elections on May 5th. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 8.4.11
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A DUP councillor has accused Sinn Féin of wanting to “have their cake and eat it too” over the name of the city.

Councillor April Garfield Kidd made the comment after Sinn Féin councillor Elisha McLaughlin called for bodies corresponding with Council to use the correct name, Derry City Council. She was speaking after an organisation sent a letter to the Council addressed, ‘Derry-Londonderry City Council.’

Colr Garfield Kidd called don Sinn Féin to clarify its position on the issue.

“Colr Elisha McLaughlin indicated that a company had written to the Council about a matter and had used the Derry/Londonderry Council name, and was concerned about it. SF seem to want to have this issue both ways. They want people to call the Council by it’s proper name but they do not want to call the city by its proper name, which is, of course, Londonderry,” she said.

The DUP Colr said she did not understand Sinn Féin’s stance. “If they are content for people to use the elongated version for the city name what can be the possible rationale for refusing the exact same version for the Council, unless of course, as in other issues, they want to have their cake and eat it too. They seem to want to move forward but keep looking back,” she said.