Lisburn and Castlereagh's first ever Sinn Fein deputy mayor objects to funding for 50th anniversary of Greenfinches
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The Ulster Defence Regiment Greenfinches were set up on July 6, 1973 as unarmed women recruits who assisted in female body searches during the Troubles.
However, Deputy Mayor Gary McCleave objecting, said: “When this motion first came to the council chamber I was opposed to it.
“The UDR was actively involved in collusion and murder (during the Troubles).
“This council should be neutral, I cannot actively support this.
“I would ask why this has not gone through equality screening?”
A council officer responded: “This is not a policy decision, the equality screening is not necessary."
The funding for the anniversary event was approved at the committee with all Sinn Fein elected councillors voting against.