The Head of Culture presented the above report details of which had been previously circulated to Members. The purpose of the report was to highlight plans for the development of the 2020 St Patricks Day celebrations and to present recommendations as outlined within the report.
Alderman Devenney expressed concern that not all citizens from the community had been consulted with and it was felt that the exclusion of the protestant community was intentional. He also referred to the backlash due to the display of flags by the protestant community over the summer period of celebrations despite no issue when flags are displayed by the catholic community prior to the St Patrick’s Day event. He said that conditions needed to improve in terms of inclusion for both sides of the community.
The Head of Culture in response to the previous speaker advised that the activity of the Carnival parade was open for all citizens to participate and that was the ethos of the North West Carnival initiative and in particular to deliver the parade in partnership with Council.
Councillor R Barr welcomed the report and supported inclusion of all citizens throughout the City and District. He referred to the St Patrick’s Day parade route in Strabane and confirmed that he agreed with the proposal for the parade to be reverted back to the previous route so to incorporate the participation of the residents in the Care Homes on the Melmount Road. Councillor J Barr seconded the proposal.
Councillor J Barr also proposed that there be no applications made for a Grand Marshall in honour of the late Mr Pat Gillespie who sadly passed away recently.
Recommended that Council i) approve programming and financial arrangements as outlined within the report. ii) agree for the St Patrick’s Day parade route in Strabane to be reverted back to the previous route. iii) and for no applications for a Grand Marshall to be made in honour of the late Mr Pat Gillespie who passed away recently.