Every year since the Madrid bombings in 2004 across Europe one day in March has been set aside as a Memorial Day to the victims of terrorist attacks. Prior to the election of Jim Allister to the Assembly this event had never been marked at Stormont. However, the TUV leader rectified this situation and has hosted five highly successful events attended by victims of Republican and Loyalist terrorism from across Northern Ireland.
Mr Allister is again hosting an event in the Senate Chamber in Parliament Buildings at 10.30am for 11am on Monday 13th March 2017.
Jim Allister explained:
“The event will take the form of a minute of silence in memory of murdered victims, followed by some victims telling their stories so that we might hear some of the untold accounts of the consequences of terrorism, both republican and loyalist. It is anticipated the event will run for approximately 45 minutes from 11am.
“I believe this will be a worthwhile effort and in previous years I received very positive feedback from those who attended. It is but right that one of the regions of Europe most savagely ravaged by terrorism should mark this important day.
“With so-called legacy issues a central part of the current talks I believe it is important that the voice of innocent victims is heard directly. This makes this year’s event all the more important.”
NB Any victims wishing to attend this event should contact Jim Allister’s office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org