Northern Ireland

Draperstown off-licence in race relations pledge

Sign at Regional Wines in Draperstown
Image caption The sign at Regional Wines in Draperstown. Picture courtesy of the Irish News.

The owners of a Draperstown off-licence which demanded ID from foreign nationals have pledged not to discriminate over race or nationality.

Regional Wines in the County Londonderry village gave a voluntary undertaking after being contacted by the Equality Commission.

The Irish News reported a sign in the window of the shop said: "Due to theft, foreign nationals must produce ID."

Regional Wines is owned by John and Breda McKenna.

The Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities called the sign "indefensible" while it was also condemned by SDLP MLA for Mid-Ulster Patsy McGlone.

Evelyn Collins, chief executive of the commission, said that it welcomed the opportunity to work positively with Regional Wines.

She added that her organisation and Regional Wines would continue to review the off-licence's policies and practices.

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