Newspaper for Crossmaglen, South Armagh, Newry and Down.

Council’s £60K underspend to go to Newry Rainbow Community

Newry Rainbow Community is in line for a potential £75K funding pot from Newry, Mourne and Down Council to help them host UK and Ireland Pride in the City in August 2019.

As part of the Tourism Events Programme discussed at last week’s Economic Regeneration and Tourism Committee meeting, councillors agreed to provide £60K to the group, the result of an underspend from the 2018/2019 Tourism Events financial assistance funding call.

The £60K provision will “support the planning and delivery of the UK and Ireland Pride Festival in Newry in 2019”. Additionally, it was agreed to support the NRC with an additional level of funding from the Tourism Events Programme budget in the 19/20 Financial year, in the region of £15k. 

The decision would also see the council commit officers as part of a multi-agency team of relevant stakeholders in preparation for the event. The decision will now go to the full Newry, Mourne and Down Council Meeting in January for ratification.

Newry were named as hosts for UK and Ireland Pride 2019 at an event in Glasgow in October.The bid was supported by Newry Rainbow Community, Newry BID and Newry, Mourne and Down Council. It will take place as part of the Pride in Newry Festival on Saturday 31 August 2019.

Speaking at last week’s meeting Cllr Roisin Mulgrew congratulated the NRC on their successful bid for UK and Ireland Pride  and said she had “no doubt it will be a superb event in the district.”

The decision was supported by SDLP councillor Pete Byrne who said the UK and Ireland Pride will be the biggest festival the area has ever seen.