Sinn Fein against ‘gov.uk.’ address

Cllr. Stephen Nicholl in Randalstown. AT12-462AC
Cllr. Stephen Nicholl in Randalstown. AT12-462AC

A Sinn Fein councillor’s opposition to the use of a ‘gov.uk’ e-mail domain name is based on a misunderstanding, says Ulster Unionist Stephen Nicholl.

He was reacting to Sinn Fein’s ‘rejection’ of the use of the ‘gov.uk’ domain when it was raised at Mid & East Antrim Council, which is still plodding through its initial ‘inner governance’ bureacracy.

Cllr. Nichollwho represents Ballymena Town said: “Sinn Fein’s Cllr Patrice Hardy stated that under the Belfast Agreement she was entitled to consider herself Irish and .gov.uk indicated that she was still governed by the UK.

“I pointed out to Cllr Hardy and her colleagues that she was wrong in her interpretation. The use of .gov.uk indicated that she was part of the government of the UK in local government and at the assembly and that had been accepted by Sinn Fein as part of the Belfast Agreement.

“At a time when Mid and East Antrim face many challenges in preparing to take on the responsibility to deliver services across the area from next April Sinn Fein choose to retreat into their “Ourselves Alone” mantra.

“Surely it is time for them to accept the status of Northern Ireland as decided in 1998 and move on to making our society a better place.”