South Belfast Green Party

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“Through the courts or on the hill; Equal Marriage, yes we will!”

Green Party candidate for Botanic Clare Bailey attended the rally for marriage equality at Belfast City Hall on Friday 28th March.
The rally was scheduled to coincide with the introduction of same-sex marriages in England and Wales the following day. Scotland has plans to introduce them this Autumn potentially leaving Northern Ireland as the only part of the UK without marriage equality for same -sex couples.

Equal Marriage Rally, Belfast City Hall

Rally for Marriage Equality

The rally was a demonstration of public support for the introduction of the legislation to Northern Ireland and was attended by over 100 people.

Clare Bailey said “I strongly support calls for marriage equality for the gay and lesbian community in Northern Ireland. The LGBT community has been consistently let down by the political leadership of this country. Their full relationship rights and their love should be recognised by the law of the land”

“Those at the rally sent a clear message to our politicians when they said ‘If you won’t vote for us or ours, we won’t vote for you or yours’ and I would encourage voters at the next election to ensure that they elect candidates who put equality at the heart of their work.”

Clare Bailey, Marriage Equality Rally.

Clare Bailey addressing the Rally for Marriage Equality


The rally was organised by the Equal Marriage NI Campaign, The Rainbow Project, Here NI and Cara-Friend.



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Alternative Ms Ulster Event

Clare Bailey of the South Belfast Green Party has organised the first ‘Alternative Ms Ulster’ event which aims to highlight the barriers to full participation in public life faced by women in Northern Ireland. It will take place on International Women’s Day (Saturday 8th March) in Parliament Buildings.

She said: “A key principal of the Good Friday Agreement is equality for all people. But when we look at the statistics, it is clear that the number of women in public life is not increasing. In fact in some areas it is decreasing. Our Government is failing women and failing in its duty to promote equality for women”

The Great Hall at Stormont has a grand marble staircase that has been the backdrop for many historic photo opportunities hosting dignitaries from around the world.  The Alternative Ms Ulster evening will involve women from all backgrounds will walk down the same flight of stairs and make a statement about what they would like to see happen in the future of Northern Ireland. They will highlight changes that would benefit the lives, welfare and opportunities of women right across the country.

Clare Bailey of the Green Party said “This event is both an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of many great women here and also draw attention to the huge amount of work still to be done for gender equality.”


Clare is seeking women who are willing to actively engage in this event, to take to the staircase and speak for themselves.  The brief address from the podium can be done by an individual or a group representing their organisation, an area of interest or activity…and creativity is very much encouraged. The organisers want as many women as possible to take to this staircase and speak for themselves.

The event will be compered by Nuala McKeever and hosted by Steven Agnew MLA, Leader of the Green Party NI. Support has also been provided by the women’s collective Reclaim the Agenda. A range of Public Bodies & civil society organisations will also be represented at the event and will host information stalls to highlight the work they are doing to address gender imbalance within their sectors.

There will be a wine reception and an opportunity to network with other guests.

Places are limited at the event and women will be given preference. If you would like to discuss taking part or want to confirm attendance, email Clare Bailey at: or call 07543 296 40207543 296 402 or 028 9145 9110028 9145 9110 (office hours)