Published Wednesday, 07 May 2014
The Poppy Appeal fundraises for wounded service personnel. (© Getty)
It follows a vote by Queen's University Student Council on Wednesday evening.
The proposal, which was put forward by Sinn Féin activist and student Seán Fearon and seconded by Kellyann McAteer, received 40 no votes and 15 yes votes. There was one spoiled ballot.
The debate took place behind closed doors as the union decided not to let the media in.
The poppy was adopted by the Royal British Legion as a fundraiser and symbol of support for those in the Armed Forces.
The motion stated that the Poppy Appeal is "a politically charged and necessarily divisive initiative given the nature of local politics".
It added that the Students' Union "must offer a politically neutral environment regarding issues of the past to avoid offence and a sense of exclusion".
It continued: "This Council, therefore, instructs the VP Equality & Diversity and the Union President to end the sale of poppies in the Student's Union to provide an end to political sponsorship of the Poppy Appeal, in the name of peace, inclusivity and progressivism."
In a statement, the Students' Union said: "Queen's Students' Union is an inclusive and neutral space which is used by students from all backgrounds, across the various faculties and years of study at the University.
"Two individual Student Council Members have tabled a motion to prevent the distribution of the poppy in the Students' Union shop.
"This will be discussed and voted on by means of the democratic process at tonight's Students' Union Council meeting."
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