DERRY’S council has said it is taking ‘no action’ over billboards recently erected in the city in support of a Republican prisoner after unionists demanded their removal.
The billboards, which have the corporate logo of Derry City and Strabane District Council, call for the immediate release of Tony Taylor, who has spent more than two years in prison after his licence was revoked by the then Secretary of State Theresa Villiers.
Earlier this month, a number of men wearing council issued high-visibility vests erected the billboards at a number of prominent sites in the district on Sunday, including the roundabout at Queen’s Quay.
The move sparked fury from local unionist councillors, who demanded the billboards be removed.
In April 2016, Derry City and Strabane District Council passed a motion calling for Mr Taylor’s immediate release from Maghaberry prison.
In the wake of the billboards going up, the council issued a statement stating that it ‘did not commission or erect the posters’ and was currently considering what action should be taken in relation to the matter.
The issue was raised at Thursday afternoon’s monthly meeting of council, where the Ulster Unionist councillor Derek Hussey asked for an update on what action was being taken by the council in relation to the billboards.
Responding, the council’s Chief Executive, John Kelpie, said that ‘to date no action had been proposed at this moment in time’.
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