A number of councillors on Derry City and Strabane District Council this afternoon publicly handed back their council-issued Hewlett Packard printers in protest over contracts it holds with Israel.
Independent Councillors Gary Donnelly, Sean Carr, Darren O’Reilly, Warren Robinson and Paul Gallagher took the action in support of an Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign calling for all councillors and staff to return their HP products as part of a “week of action.”
During the meeting, the Derry IPSC branch staged a demonstration (pictured) outside the Guildhall in protest at HP systems being used in several Israel Government departments.
In the Council chamber, the five councillors were accused by Sinn Fein’s Christopher Jackson of being involved in “stunt politics.”
DUP Alderman asked if one of the returned printers could be passed on to Lincoln Courts Community Centre as he claimed their printer was “broken.”
Cllr Martin Reilly, the leader of the SDLP grouping on the Council, said the returning of the printers would have no impact on HP as they (the printers) had already been bought.
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