I was pleased to learn that Lisburn City Council has been forced to change its stance on at least one equality issue. It has reversed its decision to ban same-sex couples from holding civil registration ceremonies on council property.
Gay activists had threatened legal action against the unionist-dominated council when it introduced the ban last July.
It was hardly surprising that both Sinn Féin and the SDLP opposed this ban, it is rather indicative of what Unionist controlled councils are up to.
The Review of Public Administration has showed up one thing at least, no matter what structures we have we need stringent equality legislation to protect minorities.
This is a welcome development