Unionists say No to St. Pat’s Festival (again)

Unionist councillors in Belfast have renewed their opposition to funding Belfast’s St. Patrick’s Day festival next year, in spite of findings from a council funded independent survey that indicated general support for the festivities amongst protestants this year. The grounds for continued opposition cited by UUP councillor Jim Rodgers was that the carnival remains a “coat-trailing exercise.” Of course, such considerations were swept aside when unionist councillors voted to fund loyalist 11th night bonfires, which of course are inclusive gatherings…