SDLP reject claims that SDLP removed ‘Derry’ from Guildhall

SDLP Councillor Gerard Diver.
SDLP Councillor Gerard Diver.
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Derry City Council SDLP Group Leader Gerard Diver has rejected Sinn Fein claims that the party voted to remove references to ‘Derry’ from a plaque to mark the opening of the refurbished guildhall. Speaking after the council meeting councillor Diver said.

“To suggest that the word Derry has been removed from the proposed wording is factually incorrect. In fact, the word Derry appears four times in English and once in Irish in the first 11 lines.

“We didn’t want the Council gridlocked on this issue. It is certainly not the SDLP view that clear and specific references to Derry should be avoided. We concluded that this was reasonable and did not airbrush in any way the City name. No one reading the plaque could miss the reference to the City name and determine its location as Derry City,” said Colr. Diver.