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December might have been a month of severe weather conditions with snow and ice seeing many people housebound, but it didn’t deter two groups of women from the Ards Peninsula and Louth from getting together and visiting Stormont and Belfast City Hall.

The women’s groups which have been supported by East Down Rural Community Network have been meeting for two years getting to know each other and building cross border relationships. The visit to Stormont was hosted by Alderman Kieran McCarthy, MLA and was very successful as the women had the opportunity to meet with MLAs from all the political parties while lingering in the Great Hall as well as sitting in the Stranger’s Gallery to witness the NI Assembly at work.

Following this the women spent the later afternoon taking a tour of Belfast City Hall and learning some of the history of the this very important building. The event was funded by SEUPB Peace III Programme through County Louth Peace & Reconciliation Partnership.



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