Derg mayor refuses to meet Prince

Maoliosa McHugh.

THE Castlederg mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council has refused to meet with Prince Charles during a royal trip to the north west today (Friday).

Sin Féin’s Maolíosa McHugh said he would not greet the Prince due to his continuing role as Colonel-in-Chief of the British Army’s Parachute Regiment.

Cllr McHugh said there remain “unresolved issues” around Bloody Sunday.

Fourteen civilians were killed on Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972 when paratroopers opened fire on a Civil Rights march.

“You can appreciate the position of the families of those massacred on Bloody Sunday,” Cllr McHugh told the Strabane Chronicle.

“They would have felt they were slighted. 

“In choosing not to meet Charles, I was acknowledging the sensitivity of those issues.”

Prince Charles is currently visiting the north west to meet the local people who were affected by the flooding earlier this year.

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