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USDT sponsored event sees packed out hall

Last night Upper Springfield Development Trust were proud to sponsor a keynote event of Feile an Phobail, West Belfast Talks Back.

This was the second year running that USDT sponsored an event at the festival, which is the largest arts and community festival in Ireland.

Noel Rooney, chair of the board of USDT opened the evening with a brief overview of USDT’s work and our pleasure in sponsoring the event.

Noel Thompson of the BBC chaired the debate which featured DUP MP Gavin Robinson, comedian Nuala McKeever, Sinn Fein Councillor Eoin Ó Broin and Labour Party MP Jeremy Corbyn.

Questions raised throughout the evening covered issues such as the BDS movement for Palestine, progressing on same sex marriage right and abortion rights, the cost of policing Twadell protests, anti trade union legislation soon to go through Westminster, the definition of a victim, the Irish language Act delays, abuse at Kincora in East Belfast,

Noel Rooney, USDT chair, opens  West Belfast Talks Back 2015.

Noel Rooney, USDT chair, opens West Belfast Talks Back 2015.

how Corbyn would implement his policies if he became Prime Minister and how abuse against women in the home could be prevented.

The event was so well attended that many people had to stand.

Feile an Phobail was established in West Belfast in 1988.