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Education Minister visits Rainbow Centre Newry

13 October, 2010 - by Caitríona Ruane

Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, has attended the opening night of the Rainbow Centre in Newry.

Established for the benefit of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Newry and the surrounding counties of Armagh, Down and Louth the centre aims to provide an informal setting for young people to meet and socialise.

Speaking about the event the Minister commented: "I want to congratulate all those involved with the Rainbow Centre here in Newry. We must celebrate diversity in our society and this centre gives people the chance to highlight the issues that affect them and ensure their voices are heard. The support and advice that is offered by centres such as these can also prove to be invaluable.

"As I have said before, the Government has a responsibility to ensure policy development considers the needs of all in our community, including policies for education. As Education Minister I take my duty to respect and treat all sections of the community equally very seriously. I am fully in support of the aims of the Rainbow Community in educating the wider population of the benefit of a vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered community."

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