Limavady’s First Citizen, Sean McGlinchey has re-launched the Mayor’s Parlour as a ”Community Room” to welcome everyone in the borough.
The Sinn Fein councillor says the move is to allow all ratepayers of the borough to be able to access it and feel at ease.
“At the end of the day the Council building belongs to the ratepayers and they should be made feel welcome in it and, that includes what is now the community room,” he said. “In the past, the room has been used by parties, unionists and nationalists alike, and Sinn Fein have been guilty of this too, for party political displays. By having a community room, free of all political emblems and flags, everyone from all sides of the community can feel welcome. Of course, it will be there for the mayor to use, but it’s not a parlour. It’s a community room.”
The room has had a makeover, with a coat of red paint and extra soft furnishings installed. The walls are adorned with artwork representing all sections of the community, including young people, the elderly, cross community groups, families and the Third World.
“I’m sure there will be some opposition, but to be honest I’ve had nothing but positive feedback. I was at an exhibition in Limavady on Saturday and a lady came up to me and said it was a good thing opening up the room. I’ve also had emails saying it is a great initiative and other councils should follow suit.”