‘Easter lily decision an example of inclusive politics’ – Cooper

The decision by  Derry & Strabane District Council to introduce a policy allowing staff members to wear the Easter Lily is an example of inclusive politics, Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has said.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the council’s Governance & Strategic Planning committee and is now expected to be ratified when it comes before full council in the coming weeks.

Cllr. Cooper sat on the working group that considered the issue and welcomed the outcome.

He said: “This was considered by the working group over a lengthy period of time during which we took the advice of the Equality Commission and trade unions.

“There was cross-party representation on the group, including from the DUP and UUP, and when the evidence was considered, it was clear that the wearing of Easter lillies – just like the poppy – is entirely consistent with a harmonious and inclusive working environment.

“All parties on the working group endorsed the recommendation to introduce this policy and that is clearly a positive example of inclusive politics working in practice. I now look forward to the proposal going forward to the next full Council meeting in December. I would also urge other councils across the north to follow this positive example of inclusive and respectful policy development.”