February 11, 2021
Archibald backs calls for Mark Ashton statue

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has written to Causeway Coast and Glens Council asking them to support the campaign to build a statue of LGBTQ+ activist Mark Ashton in Portrush.

The East Derry MLA said:

“Mark Ashton is well known for his campaigning for equality as one of the founders of the Lesbians and Gays support the miners campaign.

“There is a currently a campaign to build a statue of Mark in Portrush where he grew up.

“There are memorials of him elsewhere including in Paris and London but not here in the north.

“We all have a duty to continue to make society more inclusive and I believe this statue will increase LGBTQ+ visibility across the borough which will help promote the area and support tourism.

“I have written to the Council asking them to support this campaign.” 

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