30 April 2019
DUP MEP Diane Dodds has welcomed the Party’s plans to celebrate the centenary of Northern Ireland during the next Council term.
Member of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Substitute member of the EU Fisheries Committee
Highlighting the manifesto commitment to mark 100 years since the foundation of Northern Ireland with appropriate events and celebrations she said,
“The centenary of Northern Ireland is a highly significant date which deserves to be marked. The start of a new century for Northern Ireland is also an opportunity to look forward to a better and shared future. It is right therefore that Councils play their part in delivering positive events and displays to mark this occasion.
I want to see everything that is good about Northern Ireland celebrated and events to showcase our produce, talent, business and investment opportunities abroad can bring great benefits to our shores. Similarly encouraging the Northern Ireland diaspora to visit through a ‘Homecoming’ can bring real and tangible benefits.
Our Councils are already involved in many environmental and public art projects. It is right that the development of centenary woods or greenways should be part of the celebrations which can be taken forward by local government. Similarly Councils will be the key point of contact for local community celebrations and it is hugely important they are supported.
Our history should be something that is open and welcoming to all so it is also important that education and good relations programmes are central to how Northern Ireland’s centenary is marked. This should be an event which unites us all and allows us to look ahead, as well as marking the first hundred years of Northern Ireland.
Positive expressions about Northern Ireland and its full cultural diversity are something we should all embrace and work towards. I look forward to DUP Councillors assisting with this as we move towards 2021.”