Croydon Council cancels St Patrick's day reception

Croydon Council has been accused of attacking the borough's Irish community by cancelling St Patrick's Day celebrations.

In past years, the council organised a flag-raising ceremony outside Taberner House, in addition to hosting a Civic Reception on March 17, but this year the annual reception has been cancelled.

The decision, made by Croydon Mayor's Office, has attracted much criticism from the borough's Irish community, with many people venting their anger on Twitter.

Labour Leader Councillor Tony Newman said: "I am deeply saddened that Croydon Council has taken this decision with no explanation or consultation with the Irish community. It is short sighted and regrettable.

"The contribution to Croydon from Irish people is infinite. The St Patrick's Day flag-raising ceremony and Civic Reception has been celebrated in Croydon for decades. This is a slap in the face for Irish folk in Croydon."

A spokesman for Croydon Council said the decision to cancel the reception was made because it was felt it would be more inclusive for the local community to have the opportunity to invite the Mayor to support and attend a local event.

He added: "The flag will be flown from the Town Hall to mark this day, in line with council policy when flying the appropriate flag on other national saints day."

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9:49am Wed 7 Mar 12

Luis Pizarro says...

Seeing as the "Irish" built Croydon years ago im not surprised to see this happening now as these council big wigs bend over backwards to appease the next generation of newcomers to Croydon
Seeing as the "Irish" built Croydon years ago im not surprised to see this happening now as these council big wigs bend over backwards to appease the next generation of newcomers to Croydon Luis Pizarro

3:56pm Wed 7 Mar 12

Ex Croydon says...

That is ridiculous! And how often do you get 'oh I am part irish, my great great whatever was Irish .... I married a person of Irish descent ....'. But we Irish are supposed to rollover and take it from a multi-cultural council either as members if staff, the business community or the public. I wonder what their Irish Investors or sponsors will do when the begging bowl comes round again .... I say no more. They are showing they're true colours and it's not the tricolour!
That is ridiculous! And how often do you get 'oh I am part irish, my great great whatever was Irish .... I married a person of Irish descent ....'. But we Irish are supposed to rollover and take it from a multi-cultural council either as members if staff, the business community or the public. I wonder what their Irish Investors or sponsors will do when the begging bowl comes round again .... I say no more. They are showing they're true colours and it's not the tricolour! Ex Croydon

4:10pm Wed 7 Mar 12

RichHardy says...

What a bunch of spoilsports CC are. Everyone knows it's because CC don't want to give anyone an excuse to have a good time, therefore drink a bit.
What a bunch of spoilsports CC are. Everyone knows it's because CC don't want to give anyone an excuse to have a good time, therefore drink a bit. RichHardy

9:58am Fri 9 Mar 12

ANNE MILES says...

Let's see if anything is planned for April 23, St.Georges day, also off topic, please support our armed forces whenever you see collections being made for them in Croydon, my own nephew has been sent to the Falkland Islands as a support unit to back up the regular garrison stationed there, we support our wonderful armed forces wherever they may be sent.
Let's see if anything is planned for April 23, St.Georges day, also off topic, please support our armed forces whenever you see collections being made for them in Croydon, my own nephew has been sent to the Falkland Islands as a support unit to back up the regular garrison stationed there, we support our wonderful armed forces wherever they may be sent. ANNE MILES

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