Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Belfast's Conway Mill to host equality event

Conway Mill in west Belfast

Veteran political activist Bernadette McAliskey will be a among a group of academics and community activists discussing equality issues as part of Féile an Phobail .

Guests from Queen's University Belfast and University of Ulster will join Ms McAliskey on Monday evening for presentations and a questions session at the Conway Mill building in west Belfast.

Secretary of Conway Mill Preservation Trust Jean McStravick said: "Conway Mill has a long history of hosting debate and social commentary from representatives of all our communities and interest groups. The iconic building in west Belfast is visible from all over the city and has welcomed people from all parts of our divided community.

"We are delighted to welcome this distinguished panel of guests. Bernadette McAliskey has a reputation as a leader of civil and human rights.

"Joining her on the evening will be Eilish Rooney - a much published academic from UUJ. Eoin Rooney (no relation) an academic pursuing the equality agenda at QUB and Barney Rooney from equality authority EOLAS."

The evening will finish with the presentation of the Frank and Tess Cahill Award for Community Service.

The event is hosted by Conway Mill Preservation Society and funded by Conway Mill Trust Inc. USA and the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh.

"The generosity of these organisations allows us to continue our educational and cultural work at Conway Mill and we are grateful to our sponsors," added Ms McStravick.

'Equality Now' takes place Monday 3 August at the Conway Education Centre, Conway Mill, from 8pm. The event is free and open to everyone.

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