Councillor
Peter J. Martin
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Bangor - Councillor Peter J. Martin

They defend us, we should now defend them

Monday 8th August 2011

I am appalled at Translinks decision to ban their staff from wearing wristbands supporting our own regiment — the Royal Irish.

I am appalled at Translinks decision to ban their staff from wearing wristbands supporting our own regiment – the Royal Irish. Nowhere else in the world but Northern Ireland would such a ‘politically correct’ decision be taken. In the US for example [whilst there is a chunk of public opinion which does not support the peace keeping mission in Afghanistan] could you imagine the outrage if Greyhound Buses banded ‘support our troops’ wristbands? Let us not forget the ultimate sacrifice that Ranger David Dalzell, 1st Batt, RIR made this year for Queen and Country. 

I have contacted Translink and spoke to their Head of Marketing, Ciaran Rogan, who informed me that all personal worn items were banned with the exception of Company ID, Customer Service Badges and Trade Union badges, this included ‘Help For Heroes’ and ‘Royal Irish’ wristbands. 

The wearing of a wristband to support our troops is equivalent to the tradition of flying a yellow flag outside your home, waiting for your loved one to come back from active service. It says ‘I support your actions and the sacrifices you are making to protect the democracy that we all enjoy’. The decision made by Translink is contemptible and I call on other public representatives to become involved and campaign against this decision

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