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Sinn Féin says hunger strike poster will not be removed after unionist complaints

Sinn Féin has said that a poster put up to commemorate the 1981 hunger strike in Moy, Co Tyrone, will not be removed after unionists complained. Picture by Hugh Russell.
Connla Young

A POSTER put up to mark the 40th anniversary of the Maze hunger strikes on a road in Co Tyrone will not be taken down despite unionists complains.

UUP assembly member Rosemary Barton hit out after the 40th anniversary poster appeared directly beneath a 30mph road sign on the outskirts of the Moy.

One of a number put up across the north at the weekend, the poster includes Sinn Féin branding.

The UUP MLA said: "To have this sign erected as an ‘in your face’ cruel act is nothing less than intimidation of the unionist community and all those who suffered at the hands of terrorists."

However Mid Ulster Sinn Féin councillor Dominic Molloy last night insisted the posters "will not be removed".

"There's no triumphalismin in the poster, it's merely to mark the anniversary, unlike other posters we have seen in the Dungannon area recently," he said.

"There's no threat."

A spokesman for the Department for Infrastructure last night said: "The attachment of any signs or flags to departmental property is an offence under the Roads (NI) Order 1993.

He added that one the department's "primary considerations" is public safety and where "unauthorised flags or attachments pose a hazard to road users, the department will always seek to remove that danger".

If no danger exists the department will liaise with stakeholders to find a solution.

Monday marked four decades since the start of the 1981 H-Block hunger strike when Bobby Sands refused food.

A total of ten IRA and INLA prisoners went on to die during the bitter fast for political status.

UUP MLA Rosemary Barton

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