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Patsy McGlone 24th November 2017

McGlone: Civil Rights Campaign demonstrates that today’s political problems are surmountable

The SDLP held its second in a series of events in Dungannon this week to mark next year’s 50th anniversary of the north’s Civil Rights movement. The event was opened by SDLP leader Colum Eastwood,and the panel discussion was lead by former MP Bernadette McAliskey; SDLP co-founder Austin Currie; SDLP civil rights committee chair Bríd Rodgers; Michael McLoughlin, who signed the original permit request for the Dungannon civil rights march; and Fergal McFerran, former NUS-USI president.

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The event was attended by local activists and local councillors, Malachy Quinn, Martin Kearney, Denise Mullen and Christine McFlynn.

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Speaking after the well-attended event, SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, said “The evening served as an important reminder that the current political problems at Stormont are surmountable.

"Austin Currie, Bríd Rodgers, Michael McLoughin and Bernadette McAliskey have reminded us through their own personal experiences of the discrimination, inequalities and financial hardship faced by Catholics in the past. Civil rights is as relevant today as it was fifty years ago.

“We must continue to stand up for all those in our society facing homelessness, the indignity of welfare reform and for families under severe pressure.

“We require political leadership and will urgently to lift people out of poverty and to deliver economic equality.

“We should reflect on the leadership of the Civil Rights movement. It taught us that politics really can change things.”

 

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Photo 1 of panel – Front row, left to right: SDLP co-founder Austin Currie, SDLP Civil Rights Committee chair Bríd Rodgers, Irish News journalist Brendan Hughes, Civil Rights activist Michael McLoughlin, former MP Bernadette McAliskey. Back row, left to right: Patsy McGlone MLA, Cllr Malachy Quinn, SDLP party leader Colum Eastwood and former NUS-USI president Fergal McFerran

Photo 2 – From left to right: Eamon McNeill, Dolores Kelly MLA, Cllr Malachy Quinn, Cllr Christine McFlynn, SDLP party leader Colum Eastwood, Patsy McGlone MLA, Cllr Roisin Lynch, Cllr Martin Kearney.