Legion ‘snub’ for Sinn Fein Mayor

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Limavady Mayor, Sean McGlinchey has spoken of his disappointment at what he believes is “a snub” by the local branch of the Royal British Legion, which has declined his invitation to a mayoral reception.

The invite to the Limavady branch of the Royal British Legion, which Mayor McGlinchey said was “in recognition of the work they do”, followed debate at Limavady Council back in November on a DUP motion on the Legion and their charitable work.

This week, however, the Sinn Fein councillor revealed the Legion had written to Council’s Chief Executive, declining the offer.

Jennifer Tait, Honourary Secretary of the Royal British Legion, Limavady Branch, said the Branch was “very appreciative of Council’s support for the ongoing work of the Legion in Limavady and nationally”.

She said the Branch also thanked the member who brought forward the motion and all those who supported it.

She also stated in the letter, dated Tuesday January 3: “We noted the intention of the Mayor, Sean McGlinchey, to host a reception for the members of the Branch. I must advise you that in this instance we are unable to accept.”

Speaking to the ‘Journal’, Mayor McGlinchey said he was disappointed the invitation wasn’t taken up.

“I made the offer of a mayoral reception back in November and it’s only now I am getting a response,” he said.

“I believe this is a snub, because of my past, but I’d like them to tell me why they are unable to attend.

“I really hoped the invitation would be accepted. I am trying to reach out and represent all traditions in the Limavady borough and the invite was made in good faith. While I am disappointed, I will continue to reach out to the British Legion and the invitation remains open.”

Speaking to the ‘Journal’, Miss Tait said: “We are unable to accept the invitation at this time.”