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SF man Mitchel McLaughlin to lead two minute silence

By Noel McAdam

Published 11/11/2015

Mitchel McLaughlin MLA
Mitchel McLaughlin MLA

The Assembly's first republican Speaker is to lead an act of Remembrance at Stormont today as Parliament Buildings is lit up in red for the first time.

It is one of four days during the year that the Assembly has selected for illuminating the building.

Sinn Fein's Mitchel McLaughlin, who has announced he will stand down at the next election, will lead a two-minute silence.

"Remembrance should be a unifying, not a divisive, concept and my focus is to encourage as many people as possible to be involved in remembrance, regardless of how they choose to do it," he said.

"In the First World War thousands of young men and women set aside their differences at home to fight in a common cause on foreign battlefields."

Mr McLaughlin, told the Assembly's business committee yesterday of a heavy legislative workload over the next few months, particularly if the parties hammer out a deal restoring the Stormont House Agreement and dealing with welfare reform.

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