DUA members heard a talk on Unionism and civil society at the February meeting of the association from former Queen’s student and Northern Ireland’s newest councillor, Mr. Stephen McIlveen. Stephen has recently been co-opted to Ards Borough Council to represent Newtownards DEA. He was also appointed as a commissioner last year to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.
In his address Stephen explained his role on the Equality Commission and spoke about the wider structure of quangos in Northern Ireland, particularly about how the Protestant/Unionist/Loyalist community is under-represented on many of them and stressed the importance of Unionist input to these organisations.
A discussion on this subject and other issues followed. Pictured below are some of those who attended with Cllr. McIlveen.