THE war of words surrounding an Irish street sign in Randalstown has continued to escalate.
Last week the Antrim Guardian revealed that an 85-year-old grandmother had found herself on a collision course with civic leaders after she allowed a small sign in Irish to be displayed from her property above the name for the Ashdale estate.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Council was not impressed, and wrote to the ‘owner/occupier’ to advise her that since it had been erected without planning consent, it should be removed within one week - or potentially face a fine of £2,500 which could rise by £250 each day it remained in place.
It is not the first time that the council has been embroiled in a public dispute about street signs.
In February last year, in response to an application from Abbeyville Residents’ Association to erect five Irish signs, the unionist-dominated chamber voted instead for an ‘English only’ policy.
Just two months later, however, multi-lingual signs appeared on Church Street in Antrim when Ulster Scots slogans were authorised to appear on council-owned planters.
Incensed, Abbeyville residents sought a Judicial Review and in September the case was listed before the High Court in Belfast.
The council, however, performed a U-turn and opted to rescind its ‘English only’ policy. It also had to pay all legal costs.
*Read the full story in this week’s Antrim Guardian