Geese, ganders and Orange fest

Belfast City Council The Department of Social Development has just announced a major funding inititiave for Orange Fest.

Miss Fitz noted just last week that Féile was facing a funding cut of £100,000, so I am sure that some awkward questions will be asked about the parity of funding. I am well aware that there are 2 funding bodies involved here, but perhaps there is room to question what appears to be a fairly generous contribution to an event that has little chance of becoming a shared identity occasion.

On the other hand, I support any initiative that promotes Belfast and makes an attempt at cleaning up the act on and around the 12th of July. I remain convinced that we have a long way to go before this becomes an inclusive event, or indeed whether that is even a possibility.