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Anger over Michael Collins medal

SDLP assembly member Patsy McGlone has criticised a decision to charge more for a Michael Collins commemorative coin in the Republic
Connla Young

AN English firm which is selling a commemorative medal celebrating Michael Collins has been criticised after it emerged people in the Republic are being charged almost twice those in the north.

SDLP Mid Ulster assembly member Patsy McGlone hit out after it emerged that people across the border are being charged €19.99 compared to £9.99 in the north.

Bradford Exchange provides mainly limited edition collectable medals, plates and other items to buyers.

A spokesman for Bradford Exchange said that "while geographically there is one nation we are obliged to follow the legislative details in terms of tax and VAT."

The spokesman added that the price of the medals was set prior to the recent Brexit vote and that the firm is "subject to different costs in the Republic".

He said the Collins medal is the first in a series of 18, the remainder of which will be priced at £39.99 in the north and €39.99 in the Republic.

Mr McGlone said he was angered at the different prices to remember "this man, a world icon, who gave his life for the entire island of Ireland, the entire Republic."

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