Council responds to Impartial Reporter front page article.

Published: 16th June 2016

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council wishes to respond to the factual inaccuracy of an article reported on the front page of the Impartial Reporter on Thursday 16 June.

At no time did the Council refuse to send a letter of condolence to the people of Orlando as stated in the article. The matter was raised at the Council’s Regeneration and Community Committee meeting on Tuesday evening, 14 June and a decision was taken to defer further consideration to the Council’s Policy & Resources Committee meeting, which took place on Wednesday 15 June, to clarify the Council’s Expressions of Sympathy protocol.  At the Policy and Resources Committee meeting the Council agreed to send a letter of condolence to the people of Orlando.

The article also infers that the Council had no sympathy for the people of Orlando. This is also factually incorrect because, during discussion on this matter at both meetings, widespread sympathy was expressed for the people of Orlando and indeed the victims of other recent atrocities were also recognised.

 

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