Workers Party representative Gemma Weir has called for united community response to the recent spate of racist attacks in the north Belfast area. Her comments come following an attack on a house in the Moyntcollyer area on Friday evening in which a window was broken and racist graffiti daubed on the walls.
More than £2,000 raised in a walk to commemorate north Belfast man Davy Nocher – killed in a sectarian attack in October 1983 – has been presented to Hazelwood Integrated College.
Workers Party local representatives Gemma Weir and Chris Bailey presented the cheque to Hazelwood Principal Kathleen Gormley.
“Integrated education was a cause very close to Davy Nocher’s heart. It is fitting that the money raised by the commemorative walk goes to support the excellent work done by Hazelwood College over the last three decades”, said Gemma Weir.
“The introduction of integrated education remains a Workers Party priority”, said Chris Bailie. “We are delighted that we have been able to demonstrate out commitment in such a tangible way and thank everyone who supported the Cavehill Walk in memory of Davy”.
Picture: Workers Party representatives Gemma Weir and Chris Bailie present a cheque to the Principal of Hazelwood Intergraded College, Kathleen Gormley
Workers Party members were amongst the several hundred protestors who turned out in support of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions demonstration against the ineffectiveness of the Assembly, cuts to public services, welfare reform, high unemployment a stagnant economy and a rise in paramilitary violence.,
What type of society do we want?
Seven men from the Shankill area of Belfast who joined the International Brigade in 1936 and fought in defence of the Spanish Republic have been honoured with a memorial plague, unveiled in the Shankill Road Library.
Around 275 men and women from all parts of Ireland joined the International Brigades in the fight against fascism taking on the forces of Franco, Hitler, Mussolini , big business and the church.
The seven whose memory is now preserved in the commemorative plaque were William Beattie, Bill Henry, James Hillen, William Laughran, Joseph Lowry, Henry McGrath, and Andrew Molyneaux.
The plague was unveiled by May Blood following the International Brigade Commemortaion Committee AGM
Picture: John Lowry, Workers Party General Secretary talking with the nephew of Henry McGrath who was killed at Sierra Cabals in September 1938
Bogus ‘civil rights’ warning
Workers Party representative for the Oldpark area Chris Bailie has warned against groups which mislead people with populist sounding programmes which merely mask their real agenda.
Speaking following a demonstration billed as a ‘march for nationalist civil rights’, Mr Bailie said,
“North Belfast urgently needs investment in social and economic projects, in our environment and in housing and education”,
“But the first steps to achieving that much needed investment have to be recognising and treating each other as citizens – not as catholic or protestants, unionist or nationalists. Civil rights are rights for all citizens not for just for one section of society”, Chris warned. “To claim otherwise is to use social concerns to hide the real divisive and sectarian intent behind this demonstration”, he said.
“The key to making real progress in north Belfast – for all its citizens – is to work towards an integrated society, with integrated housing, integrated education and an integrated future”, Chris concluded