Under the proportional system in Causeway Coast and Glens Council, Cllr Brenda Chivers from Sinn Fein is the Mayor for the 2018/19 year. Responding to this news the DUP’s East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has said the 45th anniversary of the IRA’s Coleraine bomb will be an early credibility test for the Councillor.
Mr Campbell said,
“Cllr. Brenda Chivers will have a real test of her commitment to be a Mayor for ‘all the community’. She used that very phrase to describe her intentions when talking publicly about taking up the Mayoral post just two weeks ago.
The 45th anniversary of the Coleraine bomb in 1973, where six innocent people were murdered is on 12th June. Cllr Chivers’ party colleague Cllr. Sean McGlinchey was convicted for his part in that atrocity.
The Council will be holding an event to mark the tragedy. Whoever holds the leading civic position can show that they are indeed a Mayor ‘for all the community’ by standing with that community in dignified remembrance of all those innocent people who were murdered and the others who were seriously injured. It would be backward and unacceptable for any Mayor to try and qualify, justify, defend or excuse an atrocity of the magnitude of the Coleraine bombing.
There is an opportunity now for Sinn Fein to demonstrate by their actions, not just their words, that they intend to move away from commemorating terror to the point where they could, with some credibility, stand with the innocent victims of terror rather than stand with it’s perpetrators.”