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Mayor set to defend his position

Foyle MLA, Raymond McCartney, MEP Martina Anderson, Mayor Maolíosa McHugh and MLA Elisha McCallion.

THE Castlederg mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council has defended his decision to wear the chains of office during a meeting with a jailed Republican.

Recently Maolíosa McHugh visited former IRA man Tony Taylor in Maghaberry Prison.

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However following the visit there was uproar from within the DUP. Consequently, the DUP’s Hilary McClintock is planning to put forward a motion against the mayor at today’s (Thursday) full council meeting in Derry. In her motion she claims that through his actions Cllr McHugh has failed in his responsibility as mayor to “represent all.”

“The responsibility of the holder of office of Mayor has been severely compromised by the ongoing politicisation of the role by Cllr McHugh, wearing the chain of office on several occasions whilst promoting his own party politics to the detriment of good relations.”

However Cllr McHugh says he will “resolutely defend,” his record as mayor at this afternoon’s meeting.

“I totally reject the assertions of this motion,” said Cllr McHugh. “Since becoming mayor and in my outreach work as mayor I have gone out of my way to try and be as inclusive as possible.

“I will resolutely defend my position as Mayor.”

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