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MLAs of all parties rally around the cause of Minority Ethnic communities in Northern Ireland

To lobby for a crisis fund motion

11 February 2010: The All Party Assembly Group for Ethnic Minority Communities, consistently working for the promotion of ‘a society in which racial diversity is supported’, has decided to lobby for a crisis fund motion to call for short-term assistance for those unable to access fully to public funds.

According to a press release, APAG for Ethnic Minority Communities has been consistently working for the promotion of ‘a society in which racial diversity is supported, understood, valued and respected, where racism in any of its forms is not tolerated and where we live together as a society and enjoy equality of opportunity and equal protection’.

The release added: “Over the next six months, the APAG will concentrate its efforts on lobbying for the crisis fund motion….”

The Assembly Group gathers membership from all parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly and representatives of BME communities in Northern Ireland.  The office bearers for the period January 2010 to June 2010 are: Chair – Declan O’Loan MLA – SDLP; Vice Chair – Anna Lo MLA – Alliance Party NI; Secretary – Dawn Purvis MLA – PUP; and Treasurer – Steven Agnew – Green Party

The All Party Assembly group also has representatives from DUP, Sinn Fein and UUP.
Declan O’Loan said: “I am delighted to take my turn as chair of the Group and will endeavour to provide guidance and leadership to achieve the goals set during my term so that Northern Ireland can take another significant step forward towards equality for all”.
The All Party Assembly Group on Ethnic Minority Communities became an officially constituted group of the Assembly in June 2008.

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