Delight as Newry secures Pride Awards 2019

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Local politicians have congratulated Newry Rainbow Community following their successful bid for Newry City to host the UK and Ireland Pride in 2019.

SDLP Representatives Justin McNulty MLA and Councillor Pete Byrne both congratulated the Newry Rainbow Community.



Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty explained, “This is fantastic news for Newry and in particular for the Newry Rainbow Community. The entire team behind this bid must be congratulated.

“The group organise many events throughout the year and I know they will put the same determination into making this event a success.

“Pride and the ethos behind the movement is about equality, respect and tolerance. I can think of no better place than Newry to host these prestigious awards. We now need to see the statutory agencies row in behind this successful bid and help promote this region and indeed the work Newry Rainbow Community do in this area,” he added.

Councillor Byrne added, “This is fantastic news for the Newry Rainbow Community who have worked tirelessly to ensure a successful bid to host the UK and Ireland Pride 2019.



“I have had the privilege of working with and getting to know many members of the NRC committee over the last three years and their commitment to fostering a place which allows for visibility and inclusion for LGBT people is relentless. We cannot thank them enough for their efforts in delivering a message of hope and acceptance in our communities.”

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon said, “I would like to congratulate Pride in Newry for winning this bid, it is a huge achievement and will be a boost for the area.

“It is also a reward for all their hard work and determination in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the north. 



“In recent years we have seen large numbers on the streets of Newry in a display of unity and determination to end the disgraceful denial of rights, including marriage equality, by the DUP and facilitated by the British government in the north.

She added, “Sinn Féin will continue to fight for equality for all our citizens so they can enjoy rights which are afforded to citizens elsewhere on these islands.”


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