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On the back page of this week's Newry Reporter the Mayor of the city has released the details of a celebration on 17th March which he hopes will be "the envy of many other towns and cities throughout Ireland" Nothing unusual in the mayor leading the St. Patrick's Day celebrations in a staunchly Nationalist town, you might think, but Mayor Henry Reilly is actually a member of the UUP.

I'm delighted to see a Unionist politican taking such a active interest in the St Patrick's Day celebrations and I welcome his positive statements on the inclusiveness of the day as according to the UUP councillor himself "every effort had been made to ensure the opportunity to participate this year was offered to all." If only his UUP colleagues could have taken a similar honest and inclusive decision with regards to the festivities in Belfast...........

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