The Sinn Fein Mayor of Causewsy Coast & Glens, Sean Bateson, has this morning laid a wreath to mark anniversary of the Somme.
Speaking after laying a laurel wreath at Coleraine Town Hall in remembrance of those killed at the Somme Mayor Bateson said:
“I laid a wreath this morning at Coleraine Town Hall to remember all those who lost their lives during the Battle of the Somme.
“When I became Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Council, I said I would be a Mayor who will represent all of the people – regardless of political allegiance, gender, religious belief or none, ethnic background or sexual orientation.
“As republicans we are committed to engaging with unionists and loyalists and we are prepared to meet them on common ground.
“This is what making peace is all about. I am keen to show the continued commitment that republicans in this area have to building bridges into the unionist and loyalist community.
“I believe we need to have an open and rational debate about how civic institutions commemorate these events in our shared past in an inclusive fashion.“