Derry City and Strabane District Council reject its previous promise to “honor various narratives …”

Start wrong, don’t speak and you will end up in the same place. Is the current harshness in Derry City and Strabane District Council a typical example of how the Derry model is making its way to the Equal Opportunities Commission?

The YouTube replay of his Thursday, November 26th meeting doesn’t provide a convenient display. At the previous “Zoom” session, the following proposal, which when it was tabled, was not fully articulated before councilors expressed their support, created bipartisan sharpness and considerable discomfort throughout the community:

“Given the injustice of the division, there is no way that this council will celebrate or commemorate the 100th anniversary of NI2021.”

This can be seen again. The passionate rhetoric did not provide a solution as the parties and independents took a determined interest in their elected constituents and their preferred narrative. One councilor who shows more empathy than others has indicated that this “one” should always be a problem. People get into trouble sometimes.

A vacuum cleaner approach was chosen for alternative views. Every aspect of participatory and inclusive governance was rejected.

The mayor calls the politically charged and motivated proposal “corporate policy”. In addition to predicting an overly passionate reaction from unionism, the rancor has shaped an attempt to limit political damage.

After a “call-in” signed by eleven council members, the confusion has continued and questions about previously good relationships and ethical practices, adherence to procedures, and equality of appreciation remain unresolved.

All of this paves the way back to old quarrels and echoes of a troubled past as ideological pursuit, and what is viewed as exercising power for the sake of communal domination with a lack of respect for others has resurfaced. It raises challenges and questions at various levels inside and outside the Council. Trust is broken

In 2015, the DCSDC accepted an application, part of which is listed below:

“Derry City and the Strabane District Council mark the decade of the 100th anniversary from 1913 to 1923 in an appropriate and dignified manner by acknowledging the various narratives the time, including the 1916 Easter Rising, the Battle of the Somme and other important events through the establishment of a working group that puts together a memorial program …… .. “

In addition, the guidelines requested for applicants recommended that:

Be aware of the importance of the principles from ethical remembering to ethical

To do:

Remembering the context, remembering the whole decade, remembering the future, remembering ethical shared remembrance.

This approach worked as of 2016, but was canceled, if not abandoned, on that occasion to further a specific narrative. It created problems, but instead of taking on them, politicians lose a “appropriate and dignified manner” and “different stories” are keen to take over each other.

During the centenary decade, the council took the company’s position not to organize events directly, but to allow community and cultural groups to do so. However, it has also avoided taking a corporate position tied to a narrative or political ideology.

As indicated in the motion, this time around it has taken a tight political stance on NI’s 100th anniversary and identified this as the corporate view of the council. This contradicts the guidelines and guidelines issued in 2015, and also shows that a majority can have the power of numbers, but being stronger doesn’t mean you’re right. There is a lack of equality and appreciation. The Council needs to reconsider the meaning and the impact of the words on governance

At the meeting where the “convocation” was tabled, the council refused to overturn the previous proposal and instead, at the behest of mainly nationalist or republican members, the matter is being referred to an economic and cultural committee for referral to the decade of a hundred years and then back to the council. The Economic and Cultural Committee met and came to the conclusion that there were no legal or equal issues. Ethical is not addressed.

In the light of the debate and comments from Sinn Féin and members of the Social Democratic Party and Labor Party, a strategy has already been established to provide funding to groups wishing to organize events to clarify whether Council staff is available Are or are not To help, there will be indications that the previous prohibition to which the proposal relates will be clarified.

The result is already prescribed in a choreographed attempt to cool the situation down and to protect the city’s “Derry model” as a place of inclusion and equality of appreciation. However, it is not just a matter of financial, human or other means. The actions decided are futile.

From a procedural point of view, the Council did not act in line with previous practice when an integrative process allowed nationalists and trade unionists to be involved. There is a lack of political and cultural equality and equality of appreciation in relation to a celebration and commemoration that is viewed as a primarily union occasion, as the Council has a political perspective that denotes the 100th anniversary of NI with “injustice “Connects.

This is a deviation from before. Labels are used not only as a means of labeling but also as a definition, as those who give Northern Ireland their political allegiance are told that their place in the city is due to “injustice”. Ethical remembrance is canceled in the interests of ideology.

In a paper presented to all political representatives by a high-profile cultural and heritage organization in the city and seen by the author, it says:

The Council diminishes the legacy of those, many of whom would have been relatives of the current population, who believed it was their right to propose to reject the House Rules and were willing to accept the compromise of a separate parliament for the sake of peace NI ……… NI’s 100th anniversary will be canceled and treated as unimportant or worthless. This is visited in the community, which has a different view. The Council has bowed to a factional and collective nationalist / republican ideology by distancing itself from any acceptance of majority preference for the Union and taking the opportunity to show that it does not recognize NI. This is known as the corporate position, but it has led the Council into political territory. The Council takes a position on NI’s right to exist and does not show any empathy towards union-friendly individuals and / or groups residing in the Council’s territory.

The document further argues that the Council’s stance is

To take the Council to an area where it can no longer be viewed as pluralistic in action or values; that this is discrimination and a violation of Section 75, Good Relationships, and therefore it is the case that the Council hold an EQUIA on the implications of this decision on rights, community relations, the GFA and New Decade, New Approach got to.

The greatest irony is that two of the parties that voted en bloc, Sinn Fein and SDLP, speak of an agreed Ireland and a common Ireland, respectively.

To question the legitimacy of the state and to deduce from it the right of union-friendly people to be loyal and loyal to it;

To conclude that those who used violence and riots to de-stabilize NI were justified.

The points made seem valid and stand uncomfortably alongside the story of the council avoiding such political positions in 2016. Free Derry is apparently only free for a few.

Good Relations, T: buc, Section 75 and New Decade, New Approach, are about breaking down barriers between communities. Building equality, reconciliation, and appreciation for diversity; and developing a commitment to better relationships within and between communities is a priority.

The Good Friday Agreement speaks of reconciliation, tolerance and mutual trust, the protection and upholding of the human rights of all, partnership, equality and mutual respect as the basis for relationships.

DCSDC has joined in, but actions and attitudes are the real test. These are the standards by which its decision will be measured and this applies to any council anywhere, regardless of political profile. Is it too unkind to claim that some members may be talking about walking in “the other’s” shoes but, in the interests of the party mantra, make sure they don’t fit?

Ironically, as reported in the impartial December 1 report, a Sinn Fein councilor from Fermanagh and Omagh called for clarification on the alleged censorship of a motion proposing room for constitutional amendments to be planned in Ireland on the 100th anniversary of the government of Ireland create approaches of the Ireland Act. ‘If the shoe fits!

To say that funding will solve the situation is condescending, insensitive, and patronizing. The same is true when expressing regret over the population movement, particularly in 1969-75 when many trade unionists left the west bank for the east bank of the River Foyle as a result of violence and unrest. Little was done at the time to prevent this from happening. Little has been done since then to reverse this.

Making a mistake once is excusable, but repeating it when the consequences don’t stare you in the face isn’t. Ethical leadership needs to emerge as soon as the community begins to wonder how the celebrated advancement of the Derry Model after 20 years of peace and reconciliation funding is more limited than claimed.

Does the peace and reconciliation model itself need a new analysis and evaluation?

The peace statue “Hands Across The Divide” by the sculptor Maurice Harron in Londonderry by brookscl is licensed under CC BY-ND

Terry Wright is a former member of the UUP who, in addition to inter- and intra-community activities, works independently of one another to promote civic unionism.

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