Mayor condemns racism and highlights importance of a diverse community

Cllr Audrey Wales. INBT 22-132JC
Cllr Audrey Wales. INBT 22-132JC

Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor has condemned racism and welcomes First and Deputy First Ministers’ comments on intimidation and threats

Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough has welcomed recent comments by the NI Executive First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

In a statement made last week, First Minister, Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness said: “Regardless of views on EU and the outcome of the recent referendum, there is absolutely no place for intimidation or threats.

“Everyone regardless of racial, ethnic or religious background are entitled to live their lives free from fear.”

Commenting, Cllr. Wales said: “We know that these are unsettling times for many in our community and we wish to re-assure ethnic minorities living in Mid and East Antrim Borough that we value the contribution of each of our diverse communities.

“The ethnic minority community has made a significant contribution to the economic, civic and cultural life in our Borough, and they are welcome here.

“Over the coming period we will continue to work with our partner agencies to promote the inclusion and safety of all,” she said.

ASEC (MEA) - Agencies Supporting Ethnic Communities - also offered support and reassurance to all members of the ethnic minority community living and working in the Borough, saying this group also recognises and values the contribution that the communities make within Mid and East Antrim.

Ivy Goddard, Project Director of the Inter Ethnic Forum (MEA) said: “It is reassuring to see these messages of support during these uncertain times. The outcome of the recent referendum should not be used as an excuse for racist attacks.

“Mid and East Antrim Borough has always been a safe and welcoming place and we value that enormously,” she said.