A rally protesting at the Conscience Clause Bill was held at Newry Town Hall on Saturday. The event organised by The Rainbow Project in Belfast was part of a Three City Protest involving Belfast, Derry and Newry. Members of the Newry Rainbow Community worked in conjunction with the Belfast group. Speakers included Rory Rafferty, Newry Rainbow Community; SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley and Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady.

Mickey Brady MLA at the Conscience Clause rally. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Mickey Brady MLA at the Conscience Clause rally. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

MLA Mickey Brady speaking at the rally said it was imperative that the rights of minorities were protected. ’We need as many people as possible to come out, loud and proud and say that discrimination against our LGB and T community is unacceptable. We, as a society, must send out a very clear message that the days of banning certain sections of society from shops or services are long gone. In the past signs read, no dogs no blacks no Irish, those signs were wrong, that discrimination was wrong and any attempt to recreate that type of discrimination today against the LGB and T community is also wrong.”

He concluded: “Sinn Féin will oppose any attempt to undermine the rights of all people in our society to have equal and fair service when buying goods and services."

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