24 January 2008 Edition
Allister challenged on Limavady attack
“Throughout the debate Cubitt repeatedly made provocative and abusive statements which raised loud applause from a packed public gallery of his supporters. I eventually had to intervene and invoke Standing Orders which preclude the public from speaking or interfering with the debate to restore order. The meeting then had to go into recess on two occasions and was eventually abandoned”, Cllr Butcher said.
Describing the incident as an attack on democracy Butcher said:
“Two of my colleagues Councillors Marion Donaghy and Anne Brolly were leaving the building when they were confronted by a mob of 70 thugs assaulted, insulted and spat at. Anne’s car was damaged and a large Union flag was draped over her windscreen and they had to return to the building for safety.
Butcher said it was Councillor Cubbitt who issued the rallying call for Unionists to appear at the meeting and called for a public response from MEP Jim Allister .