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DUP's Nelson McCausland to take part in west Belfast Feile

Former DUP MLA Nelson McCausland
Former DUP MLA Nelson McCausland

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.

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'.

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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