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Monaghan councillor labelled 'racist' for comments made during border debate

Apr 5, 2022 16:04 By News Northern Sound
Monaghan councillor labelled 'racist' for comments made during border debate Monaghan councillor labelled 'racist' for comments made during border debate
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Seamus Treanor claimed that "ISIS is using Ireland as a sanctuary".

A Monaghan councillor has been labelled "racist" for comments made during yesterday's County Council meeting.

At yesterday's County Council meeting, Seamus Coyle passed a motion calling on the Irish government to "demand the withdrawal" of a British Bill that would require non-Irish, EU citizens to apply online for pre-travel clearance before crossing the border into the North.

Seamus Coyle says the move would "undermine the Good Friday Agreement" and the Common Travel Area.

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However, Seamus Treanor voiced opposition and said he couldn't support the motion.

He claimed "Ireland has become a laughing stock because of its non-existent checks on illegal immigrants and criminals".

He further claimed that "ISIS is using Ireland as a sanctuary".

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Seamus Treanor added that "our mainstream media won't cover it as it doesn't fit their woke narrative".

Sinn Féin's Cathy Bennet accused Seamus Treanor of "being racist".

Her party colleague, Pat Treanor, said Seamus Treanor was "appealing to right-wing conspiracies".

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Meanwhile, Colm Carthy acknowledged that "we have problems with our justice system" but said Seamus Treanor was "using this for point scoring".

Elsewhere, Paudge Connolly said he was also unable to support the motion, but it received the backing of other councillors present.

Earlier in the meeting, Seamus Treanor was nominated to the Peace Plus Partnership board.

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Colm Carthy questioned this nomination, which resulted in Seamus Treanor withdrawing from the board - he was replaced by Councillor Richard Truell.

Seamus Coyle remarked that he never thought his motion would create such debate.

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