‘I have no hatred towards Mayor’

The daughter of a woman killed in the Coleraine car bomb in 1973 made an emotional phone call to Sean McGlinchey this week telling him she holds “no hatred” towards him for his part in the atrocity.

Sean McGlinchey served 18 years in prison for his involvement in the car bomb, which killed six people. When he was released from prison, he said he regretted what happened and had he known that innocent people would die that day he would never have done it.

Elected to Limavady Council in May, when he topped the poll in Dungiven, Colr. McGlinchey came under criticism led by DUP MP Gregory Campbell about his appointment as Limavady Mayor.

The storm surrounding his mayoral appointment continued on Tuesday night when TUV councillor Boyd Douglas brought a Union flag into the Council chamber when Colr. McGlinchey sat down to chair the monthly meeting. Colr Douglas refused to remove the flag and the meeting was adjourned.

On Wednesday, Laura Young - daughter of Nan Davis, who was killed in the bomb - phoned Sean McGlinchey.

“I said to him what is happening is not right, that the Troubles are over,” she said. “Sean McGlinchey has paid the price and I hold no bitterness or hatred towards him. He was a young man back then. I wished him all the best and I am so glad I rang him. It was very emotional.”

Mayor McGlinchey said he was “taken aback” by Laura Young’s words, which he said filled him with hope and encouragement.