By Una Murphy
Dozens of campaigners held a rally outside Belfast City Hall on Saturday February 24 to highlight their support for the European Union and opposition to Brexit.
The event was organised by Jane Morrice, a member of the European Economic and Social Committee and former Deputy Speaker in the Northern Ireland Assembly.
The Belfast rally was part of #ShineALightforEurope events planned in many countries including England, Scotland and Wales and across Europe over the weekend.
At the rally Claire Hanna, SDLP MLA for South Belfast and the party’s spokesperson on Brexit, called for a second referendum on the UK leaving the European Union. The Deputy Leader of the Alliance Stephen Farry, MLA for North Down and SDLP councillor Donal Lyons were also among the speakers.
Meanwhile local singer-song writer Tommy Sands has written a new song for Europe to mark Columbanus (White Dove) travelling from Bangor in the sixth century to establish monasteries throughout Europe. Columbanus has been suggested as a ‘patron saint’ of Europe by French foreign minister Robert Schuman.
The musician said he was inspired to write the song by Jane Morrice, who has been campaigning for Northern Ireland to have honorary full membership of the European Union and to become a Centre for Global Peace.