Sinn Fein host ‘Pride in Politics’

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Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Equality, Energy and Enthusiasm were on the menu in Sean Hollywood Arts Centre on Wednesday 26th September as Sinn Fein hosted a well attended coffee morning event to contribute to the Pride in Newry Festival. The event, entitled ‘Pride in Politics’ was attended by many members of Newry Rainbow Community and local elected representatives Conor Murphy, Mickey Brady, Mickey Ruane, Brendan Curran, Anthony Flynn, Packie McDonald and Valerie Harte. Neighbouring South Down MLA Caitriona Ruane, former Sinn Fein Equality Spokesperson, and Belfast City Councillor Mary Ellen Campbell of Sinn Fein’s LGBT Group facilitated the event along with Newry Rainbow Community Chairperson Rory Rafferty and Damian McShane. Ms Ruane said; “Equality is at the heart of Sinn Fein policy. We are for an Ireland of Equals for everybody regardless of sexual orientation. “We have evidenced this through our initiation of numerous Marriage Equality motions to councils all across Ireland and we will do so again next week when we bring the Marriage Equality motion to the Assembly floor.” MP for Newry Armagh Conor Murphy added; “Sinn Fein is very proud to be associated with Pride in Newry through this event today which has been a useful exercise in finding out how Sinn Fein can further support the LGBT community. “Sinn Fein activists are also mobilizing for the inaugural Pride Parade on Saturday and there is a real enthusiasm among party members to participate in this event. I commend Newry Rainbow Community for organizing this week of events and I am really looking forward to seeing Newry come alive on Saturday for the Pride Parade.”
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