DUP's Nelson McCausland to take part in west Belfast Feile
Former DUP MLA Nelson McCausland is set to take part in an event at the 2019 west Belfast Feile an Phobail.
Mr McCausland will take part in the 'West Belfast Talks Back' event at St Louise's Comprehensive College on August 7.
He will be joined at the event by Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O'Neill and Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond.
- Nelson McCausland: Why it's simply not good enough any more to turn a blind eye (or a deaf ear) to Ooh, ah ... up the 'Ra
- Nelson McCausland: How thousands of pounds of your money is used to bankroll festival that ends in ‘Ooh, ah... up the ’RA’
- Nelson McCausland: Tracking the rise of the West Belfast Festival and the public money which filled its coffers
It will be chaired by the BBC's Noel Thompson.
The Feile describes 'West Belfast Talks Back' as their "flagship event where the audience gets the opportunity to ask questions on topical issues from a panel of politicians and others, from north, south and from Britain".
Writing in the Belfast Telegraph Mr McCausland has been critical of the festival on a number of occasions.
The former Social Development Minister was particularly critical after a Wolfe Tones concert as part of the festival in Falls Park last year descended into chants of 'Ooh, ah..up the 'RA'.
ANNOUNCEMENT!— Féile an Phobail (@FeileBelfast) July 17, 2019
NELSON MCCAUSLAND ON WEST BELFAST TALKS BACK PANEL
Former DUP MLA Nelson McCausland will be on the panel at West Belfast Talks Back at St Louises Comprehensive College on Wednesday 7th August with @sinnfeinireland MLA @moneillsf & @FineGael Senator @nealerichmond pic.twitter.com/neUWPmnN3p
He has questioned the festival receiving large amounts of funding from Belfast City Council
The Wolfe Tones are set to take part in the festival again this year, also on the bill is a boxing match featuring local fighter Michael Conlan and a concert by boyband Westlife.
Last year the Feile hosted its first ever 'unionist-only' panel which included UUP MLA Mike Nesbitt.
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