Cllr Aaron Callan voiced his disappointment at the lack of support to celebrate success of the Northern Ireland Football Team by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
“The fact that DUP Councillors didn’t vote to support a reception for the Northern Ireland Football Team is extremely disappointing. Sinn Fein and SDLP Councillors unfortunately, and not for the first time tried to make the debate sectarian and negative.
My motion was a positive one to celebrate the success of a team who have achieved qualification to a major tournament for the first team in thirty years.
The fact that Coleraine is the home of the Super Cup NI (previously known as the Milk cup) where many of the current stars started their careers, and where Michael O’Neill started his football career it would have been fitting to have a reception here to mark the success of the NI team.
Cllr Darryl Wilson added;
Our aim was to have a reception with a difference, we wanted to invite Michael O’Neill and his team to Coleraine showgrounds where local children and youth sports clubs could come along and meet their heroes.”
I hope Councillors will reconsider their position and support a reception for the Northern Ireland team by doing the right thing for the people of the Borough by taking divisive politics out of this decision .”