Day of Reflection
Newly appointed Sinn Féin spokesperson on Victims and Truth, Mid Ulster MLA Francie Molloy has said that today's Day of Reflection is an important opportunity for everyone in society to reflect both the difficulties and pain of the past but also on the changes in recent years and on how we move forward into the future.
Francie Molloy will be available to speak to the media today, Thursday 21st at 2.30pm in the Main hall at Stormont.
Mr Molloy said:
"It is important that across our society that we create the space for people to reflect not just on the difficulties and pain of the past but also on our hopes for the future.
"Today is a day for individual reflection but it is also important that there is the collective political will to move forward across a range of these issues; about how we deal with the past and how we ensure that the rights of the many victims and survivors of the conflict are centre stage.
"Across councils in the north over the past number of years Sinn Féin have developed an approach to reflection based upon inclusion and reaching out that has been led by Sinn Féin mayors and Chairs.
"Our approach is underpinned by the principles of dignity, respect, sensitivity and inclusiveness.
"It is important that we recognise all who have lost their lives as a result of war and conflict and all those who still live with the pain and memory of that loss."
Note to Editors
The First Sinn Féin civic 'Day of Reflection' was developed by Gearóid Ó hEara when he was Mayor of Derry City in 2004. It has been held on December 10th to mark International Human Rights Day. Since then it has been developed across all councils where Sinn Féin have held the position of Chair or Mayor.