Belfast City Council to invite Irish Government to Somme Commemoration

Not a bad opening gambit ahead of all those anniversaries.  Belfast City Council have agreed to invite the Irish Government to participate in the Somme and Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Belfast [this year?].  But it wasn’t unanimous.  From the BBC report

SDLP councillor Pat McCarthy proposed the move which was discussed at a city council meeting on Wednesday evening.

There was no opposition to the motion. The two main unionist parties, the DUP and the UUP, agreed with the SDLP on the issue.

However, it proved a step too far for Sinn Fein which abstained in the vote.

I’m assuming Alliance Party councillors also agreed…

Adds The updated BBC report now notes

There was no opposition to the motion. The DUP, the UUP and the Alliance Party backed the SDLP.

Sinn Fein tried to amend the motion by having the issue dealt with by a working group of the council.

The party abstained from the vote.