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Child with special needs forced to remove poppy by taxi driver before school run

A child with special needs was forced to remove a poppy before an Armagh taxi driver took them to school on Thursday morning.

DUP MLA William Irwin says the issue was raised to him yesterday afternoon – a situation that has since been resolved.

“A very serious issue was raised with me yesterday regarding a child with special needs being forced to remove a poppy before a private taxi operator transported the child to school,” he posted on Facebook.

“There were also issues regarding the manner and tone in which the child was spoken to by the driver.”

He added: “I am pleased to report that the issue was resolved very quickly and the Education Authority have taken swift and robust action to deal with this matter.

“I feel it is also important to point out that a very reputable taxi business in Armagh had absolutely nothing to do with this particular incident and investigations are ongoing to determine how they became embroiled in the situation.

“What a shame that on a day that we should be remembering with great pride those from all religion’s and none who gave their lives in far off fields for all of our freedoms that once again there are still those who have absolutely no respect for the poppy and what it symbolises!”

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