Sinn Féin councillor Sean McGlinchey will not vote against memorial to victims of bomb he planted

Sinn Féin councillor Sean McGlinchey. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

A SINN Féin councillor, who was jailed for his role in a car bomb that claimed six lives, will not vote against a memorial for his victims.

Causeway Coast and Glens Council will tonight hear a proposal to mark the 45th anniversary of the Coleraine bombings.

DUP councillors Alan McLean and Trevor Clarke said they had been contacted by relatives of those who died on June 12 1973.

Sean McGlinchey, a Sinn Féin member of the council, was convicted of planting the bomb and served 18 years in prison.

He has previously apologised to his victims' families and said he had no issue with the memorial proposal.

The DUP motion asks the council to mark the anniversary and "affirm its solidarity with the families bereaved by the atrocity and the survivors of the attack; organise a memorial event to mark the occasion for the families of those affected and the wider community".

It will also ask members to give consideration following appropriate consultation "to the erection of a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives as a result of this heinous act of terrorism by the Provisional IRA".

Mr McGlinchey said, however, that recognition should be given to all victims adding "I will not oppose this motion".

"I will be asking questions about where the DUP will stand if there was a proposal for a service to remember the victims of Castlerock or Greysteel, or Francie McCloskey from Dungiven who was batoned to death by the RUC and the first victim of the Troubles," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

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