Cochrane welcomes lighting of Parliament Buildings for Armistice Day

Alliance East Belfast MLA Judith Cochrane has welcomed the lighting of Parliament Buildings in red to mark Armistice Day for the first time.

Earlier this year, Mrs Cochrane succeeded in getting consensus from the Assembly Commission, on which she sits, to have the Stormont building lit on significant dates throughout the year. As well as November 11, the famous ‘house on the hill’ is now lit on St Patrick’s Day, the Twelfth of July and International Women’s Day. Other days can be allocated to charities and other groups to mark key occasions.

She said the lighting of the building this evening showed the importance of marking such dates.

“It is good to see cross-party support to commemorate such days in a shared and inclusive way. Today’s ceremony in the Great Hall and the lighting up of the building this evening demonstrates respect for all those who fought and died in two world wars and other conflicts.

“Parliament Buildings is one of the most iconic landmarks in Northern Ireland and can be seen from across Belfast. Using it to highlight Armistice Day and other commemorations in such a sensitive way is another important step to ensuring co-operation and maintaining good relations as we aim to build a shared Northern Ireland for everyone.”

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