Southport Councilor Simon Shaw refuses emails from Liverpool Friends of Ireland over racist attacks
Below is correspondence between the Irish community group of Liverpool and Cllr Simon Shaw who asks to be removed from their mailing list.
This is now the third time you have requested not to receive emails from our organisation.
As both a Councillor for a ward within Sefton MBC who is required to serve its Irish residents and also a Councillor that represents Sefton MBC on the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel, I find it incredible that you would choose not to receive communications that would keep you updated on the worries and concerns pertaining to members of the Irish community across Merseyside. For you to make such requests in my mind brings into question your ability to fairly represent members of the Irish community within your ward and also to deal fairly and knowledgeably about issues facing the Irish community across Merseyside should they come to the attention of the Police and Crime Panel.
I would also ask on what legal basis you have in requesting, as a public representative, not to receive communications that are neither of an abusive or are threatening in nature and ask that you seek advice from Sefton MBC’s legal services about this before making any further requests of this nature.
From: Simon Shaw [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: 13 February 2013 22:57 To: Simon Shaw; Cairde na hEireann Liverpool Subject: RE: Press Release: Irish community group meets Mayor of liverpool to discuss racist attacks Importance: High
“Please confirm that you have removed me from your mailing list.”
I look forward to receiving your confirmation as soon as convenient.
From: Simon Shaw Sent: 12 February 2013 09:15 To: Cairde na hEireann Liverpool Subject: RE: Press Release: Irish community group meets Mayor of liverpool to discuss racist attacks
I am quite sure that they could.
Please confirm that you have removed me from your mailing list.
From: Cairde na hEireann Liverpool [firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: 12 February 2013 07:54 To: Simon Shaw Cc: Subject: RE: Press Release: Irish community group meets Mayor of liverpool to discuss racist attacks
Can a public representative really ask that they not receive emails from community groups that highlight issues relevant to a part of the community they serve????
From: Simon Shaw [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: 11 February 2013 19:34 To: Cairde na hEireann Liverpool Subject: RE: Press Release: Irish community group meets Mayor of liverpool to discuss racist attacks
Please would you remove me from your mailing list.
11TH FEBRUARY 2013
Irish community group meets Mayor of Liverpool to discuss racist attacks
Today representatives of Cairde na hEireann Liverpool met with Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, his team and senior officers from Merseyside Police to discuss attacks on Irish Parades/Marches in Liverpool by far-right organisations and local Liverpool Loyalists during 2012. These attacks are fully documented in CNE’s recently published report (attached).
The meeting agreed that these attacks should stop immediately and that the rights of the Irish community to hold lawful, dignified and peaceful public events should be upheld and protected.
In an open and frank discussion, CNE reps reiterated the view that attacks by far-right and loyalists demonstrators at several marches/parades during 2012 have been both racist in nature and an attempt drive the Irish community off the streets of Liverpool. They have also been aimed at preventing the expression of Irish culture and our community’s right to commemorate Liverpool-Irish history and honour the memory of such historical figures such as James Larkin and the Liverpool-Irish volunteers who fought fascism in Spain. CNE reps also highlighted the worrying links that have been developed between loyalists, individual members of various Orange Institutions across the city and far-right racist groups such as the North West Infidels, Combined Exforces, English Defence League and the National Front.
Again, CNE reps committed themselves to having open and honest dialogue with any organisations in Liverpool to ameliorate the problems caused by far-right and loyalist attacks and will work co-operatively with both Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police in facilitating public events in the future.
Cairde Na hEireann Liverpool (Liverpool Friends of Ireland)
An Irish community organisation campaigning for Irish unification, defending & promoting Irish community rights and fighting racism/fascism and intolerance.
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