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St Patrick's Day festivities should be backed by Belfast City Council

18 March, 2004


Sinn Fein Belfast Council Group Leader Cllr Tom Hartley has said that it is time for unionists on the council to support the St Patrick's Day festivities.

Cllr Hartley said:

"The festivities in Belfast City Centre were an overwhelming success. Thousands of young people and families brought a sense of enjoyment and pleasure to Belfast city centre. It was a well-organised, well-attended and well-stewarded event.

"However, I am concerned at the strong anti St Patrick‚s Day agenda being pursued by unionists and the onslaught on this peaceful event.

"When St Patrick‚s Day is celebrated from Moscow to Tokyo it is a disgrace that Ireland‚s second city is unable to put a bigger event together because unionist councillors continue to block financial support. It is time for unionists on the council to support the St Patrick‚s Day festivities." ENDS

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