Holocaust Memorial Day Belfast

I am just back from the Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration in the Great Hall at Belfast City Hall with its marvellous stained glass windows dedicated to the four great provinces of Ireland.

Members of all the faith communities; Christian, Jewish, Muslim and none joined in the ceremony. I counted four MLAs including myself. Naomi Long and Robin Newton were there in official capacities and Wallace Browne was in the row in front of me. There may well have been others there but I did not see them. The North’s Councils were well represented by Mayors and Chairs alike.

The day now commemorates those killed in all genocides since WWII including Bosnia and Rwanda. Tonight’s event really put this week’s goings on at Hillsborough in context.