Public to be consulted on Raymond McCreesh Park sale

Raymond McCreesh Park in Newry

A playground named after an IRA hunger striker which was set to be sold off may have secured a reprieve, it has been claimed in court.

Newry Mourne and Down District Council is facing legal action over its decision to dispose of the Raymond McCreesh Park.

Judicial review proceedings were brought by a pensioner who lives close to the facilities, alleging a failure to carry out adequate community consultation.

But Rosaleen Murphy’s solicitor said the case was adjourned at the High Court on Monday following developments on the process sought.

Gavin Booth of Phoenix Law disclosed: “We have now received confirmation that there will be a consultation before any steps are taken with respect to the future of Raymond McCreesh Park.

“This will involve the entire community, including local residents.”

The park in Newry has been a long-running source of controversy, with unionists bitterly opposed to it being named after a republican paramilitary.

McCreesh, from Camlough in Armagh, was one of 10 republican prisoners who died in the 1981 Maze Prison hunger strikes.

His convictions included attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, possession of firearms with intent to endanger life and IRA membership.

In October last year the council decided to sell off the park as it was deemed “surplus to requirements”.

Under the D1 disposal process other public bodies would have first refusal on the Patrick Street site, with its name a matter for any new owner.

But Mrs Murphy’s lawyers insisted the park represents an important place where her children and grandchildren played.

For her community, the site also stands as a significant symbol to those with a republican mindset, according to their case.

They contended that the D1 process involved no element of community consultation.

Following brief submissions today Mrs Justice Keegan adjourned due to developments in the case.

Outside court Mr Booth said the Council has seven days to provide details on the proposed consultation.

Describing the outcome as a potential reprieve for the park, he added: “If the terms are not satisfactory the court has left the case open for liberty to reapply.”

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph and Alan Erwin for original story

The British have invaded 193 countries out of the total of 203 countries that are UN-recognized (195) or not UN-recognized (8). 

The consequences of British invasion for greed-based conquest (as opposed, for example, to invasion for the purpose of liberation from Nazism in WW2) ranged from total or near-total dispossession and extermination of hundreds of unique Indigenous peoples in the Americas and Australia to the active and passive mass murder of scores of millions in Africa and China and the avoidable deaths from deprivation of1.8 billion Indians under the British Raj.

History ignored yields history repeated. Britain in the 21st century is still invading and devastating other countries ( Mali , Libya , Iraq , Afghanistan ) in the Zionist-promoted US War on Muslims.

Not satisfied with Britain’s First Syrian War (WW1) and Britain’s Second Syrian War (WW2), the UK is now presently engaged in Britain’s Third Syrian War. Similarly, not satisfied with Britain’s First Iraqi War (1914-1932), Britain’s Second Iraqi War (1941-1948), Britain’s Third Iraqi War (the 1990-2003 Sanctions War in which 1.7 million Iraqis, half of them children, died avoidably from imposed deprivation), Britain’s Fourth Iraqi War (the 1990-1991 Gulf War in which 0.2 million Iraqis were killed), and Britain’s Fifth Iraqi War (2003-2011 in which 2.7 million Iraqi died, this including 1.5 million violent deaths and 1.2 million avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation), the UK is now engaged with its war criminal Western and other allies in Britain’s Sixth Iraqi War (2014- onwards, with thousands of Iraqis killed and thousands more to die from war-imposed deprivation in what seems to be an endless war for oil and hegemony).

Britain invaded Australia on the 26th of January 1788 and this is celebrated as Australian Day by white Australians. However Indigenous Australians commemorate this event as Invasion Day in remembrance of the continuing Australian Aboriginal Genocide and Australian Aboriginal Ethnocide in which 600 unique Indigenous groups and dialects disappeared, with only 150 remaining and of these all but 20 severely endangered.

Britain has invaded 193 countries – all but 10 of the world’s 203 countries – and continues to illegally and criminally invade other countries for oil and hegemony. Invasion is the most powerful expression of racism.


Annually victims of the serial invader, nuclear terrorist, exceptionalist and still invading British rogue state are bombarded with the glorification of their genocidal history during their so called ‘Remembrance Day’ symbolised by the blood red poppy – founded by the butcher of the Somme Lord Haigh.

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Their deeds would shame all the devils in hell.

With many thanks to: James Connolly Association Australia.