Glens Retained In New Domain Name. Legal Threats Thwart Partisan Ambitions!

glens-of-antrimThe Glens will be retained in the domain name of the super council. The new model, stretching from Greysteel near Derry City to Waterfoot in the Glens of Antrim, being brought in under the Review of Public Administration will merge Moyle Limavady, Coleraine and Ballymoney councils.

Independent Councillor Padraig McShane welcomed the move saying it was essential for the development and security of the Causeway Coast and Glens brand. In addition it will make sure the business sector is not disenfranchised in the Glens area.

“I welcome the fact that both the DUP & UUP in Ballymoney and Coleraine have been brought to their senses. The first proposal was both sectarian and partisan. No reasonable argument could be presented to sustain the proposal to drop the Glens”.

Councillor McShane had promised to take the matter to the courts with a judicial review being proposed should the transition committee have decided to drop the Glens from the domain name.

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Coleraine Councillor George Duddy who was keen to remove the Glens from the domain name of the new Super Council

“It’s ironic that it was Coleraine DUP Councillor George Duddy who proposed the domain name to include the Glens in the title. He had been one of the most vocal proponents of dropping the Glens.

“Those set out to intentionally disenfranchise anyone on the basis of their culture or religion have learned a valuable lesson I feel. A judicial review will go with attempts to do either both now and in the future.

“The domain name should never have been an issue. I would hope the unfortunate episode can now be set to the side and the committee can perform on the basis of equality and need”.

‘Glens’ Domain Name Legal Challenge!

Independent Councillor Padraig McShane (pic) said that a proposal being considered by the Causeway Coast & Glens transition committee to remove the ‘Glens’ from the domain name was the beginning of a process aimed at stripping the political, cultural and economic identity of the people of Ballycastle and the Glens.

Independent Councillor Padraig McShane (pic) said that a proposal being considered by the Causeway Coast & Glens transition committee to remove the ‘Glens’ from the domain name was the beginning of a process aimed at stripping the political, cultural and economic identity of the people of Ballycastle and the Glens.

The transitional committee of the Causeway Coast & Glens super council will face a legal challenge if they vote to drop the ‘Glens’ from the Council’s domain name.  The warning came from Moyle Independent Councillor Padraig McShane, who went on to describe the proposed move as; “the beginning of a process that would lead to the introduction of ‘political and cultural apartheid’ in Ballycastle and the Glens”.

 
Councillor McShane has spent a number of months working with individuals from the tourism sector in the area. He advised them to take a ‘judicial review’ of any adverse decision emanating from the transition committee.
 
The Councillor stated;
 
“It is clear that Unionists in both Coleraine and Ballymoney are keen to rid themselves of the Glens badge in any future Council. But the reason to do so does not contain one logically compelling, deeply informed, or conceptually arresting argument”. 
 
Solicitor Michael Brentnall from Robert Murtagh & Co, representing an client from the Glens stated;
 
“If as Councillor McShane has indicated, the Causeway Coast and Glens transition committee intends to proceed with the omission of the “Glens” from the domain name of the new council, then the consequences will be clearly detrimental to our client. In this instance our client will have no option but to challenge such a decision through the courts.”
 
Councillor Padraig McShane continued;glens-of-antrim
 
“For a short time I entertained the misguided hope that political Unionism, both in Coleraine and Ballymoney, might rise above what has distinguished Unionist politics on this island. But it is clear from the latest move that, ‘The Green Glens of Antrim’, from Glentaise in Ballycastle to Glenariff in Waterfoot, are a shade too green for some Unionists.
 
“Ballycastle and the Glens are steeped in Gaelic tradition and culture. The fusion of language, music and sports will make up an integral and desirable part of any new political considerations for local government. Councillors in Ballymoney and Coleraine must begin to embrace the area and look upon it as the asset it is.
 
“And decision made by the members of the transition committee must be morally sound. If the wish is to disenfranchise an entire area because of its political or religious makeup, then I can confirm that legal repercussions will accompany any and all those decisions both now and in the future.
 
 
 Councillor McShane finished by suggesting;
 
“The old order and the undiluted power that was accorded to it is being erased from the pages of time. Those Councillors who incubate a desire to return to the ‘failed political model’ of the past should avail of the opportunity to retire.

Cushendall Beach. Commitment Secured Following Onsite Meeting

The Beach in Cushendall will be reinstated in a matter of weeks and contractors will be on sight tomorrow morning to assess the damage and prepare a programme of works.
In 2011 Moyle District Council invested £160,000 on environmental improvements in the Glens. The main project in the scheme was the improvements at Cushendall Beach including new paths, lighting, picnic areas and environmental enhancements.
The Councillor who proposed the scheme in 2010, Independent Padraig Mc Shane, said he was devastated by the damage to the Beachfront in Cushendall.
The Councillor said;
“After consultation in 2010 with the community in the Glens we identified several projects of work, chief among them the beach at Cushendall. I was fit to identify funding from the Rural Development Programme in conjunction with securing a commitment from my colleagues in Moyle Council to invest in the scheme.
“I spent quite some time in the Glens on Friday and to see the damage to the beach was disappointing. I have addressed the need to have the significant damage assessed and repaired as quickly as possible. In addition I have already hosted a meeting with some of the senior management team and other colleagues in Moyle District Council on site to plan a coordinated response to the devastation.
The Councillor continued;
“The Glens has suffered severely at the hands of mother nature over the last twelve months. Glenariff Forest Park suffered considerable damage in March of last year and is only beginning to receive a definitive response from the Forestry Department. The repairs to the beach at Cushendall will require a more expeditious response from Moyle District Council.”