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Statement on behalf of Belfast City Council

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Date: 21 Feb 2020


At today’s meeting of Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, members were updated on the outcome of an investigation into events at City Hall on the evening of Saturday 12 October 2019, during a centenary dinner hosted by the George Telford Memorial Grand Lodge.

Belfast City Council regrets that this incident occurred and has reaffirmed its commitment to promoting equality and good relations, and ensuring Council facilities are welcome and open to all.

As a result of the investigation into breaches of City Hall’s terms and conditions of use, Members have agreed to the recommendation to review the existing terms of conditions to ensure they are in line with Council’s equality obligations. Members have also agreed to consider sanctions against groups who fail to comply with the terms of use of Council facilities and banned George Telford Memorial Grand Lodge and Govan Protestant Boys from booking City Hall in the future.

This decision is to be ratified at Full Council on 2 March.

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