Padraig Mc Shane in Gaza, 2010.
Padraig Mc Shane in Gaza, 2010.

Belfast (SaebPress) —Given the long-suffering endured by the Palestinian people of Gaza, while living under constant ‘Israeli’ military attacks, and suffering from a prolonged crippling siege. On Monday night, 12 of March 2012 the Moyle District Council passed a motion to proceed with the formal twinning with the Municipality of Gaza City. Moyle District Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in the north-east corner of the North of Ireland.

Chairman of Moyle District Council, Padraig Mc Shane, told SaebPress that he welcomed “the conclusion of what had been a long drawn out process; we recognized that Councillors had supported the Twinning on a Humanitarian Basis”. Councillor Mc Shane added.

While wanting to thank all his colleagues in Moyle, Councillor Mc Shane stated to SaebPress that While they “enjoy a large widespread and diverse amount of support already, given the nature of the proposals, it will require time and a great deal of effort on the part of the group selected to implement the Twinning Agreement to gain the support of the entire community”. Councillor Mc Shane added “They should now be allowed to proceed with their work and should only be judged on the outcomes”.

Exact wording of motion passed on the late Monday night 12th of March 2012, by Moyle District Council.

“That Moyle District Council proceeds with the formal twinning with the Municipality of Gaza and that the council signs the agreement now as previously circulated. That “Antrim to Gaza” group be tasked to implement the twinning programme.”

Meanwhile, Chairman of Palestine Aid,  Saeb Shaath told our reporter that  “while Gaza is bleeding from the latest criminal ‘Israeli’ attacks, I thank all the people of Moyle and their Councillors, since we consider Moyle District Council’s twinning with Gaza  a great step forward to kick start an international healing process to help on the long run the victims of the ‘Israeli’ attacks in Gaza’’.

Moyle District Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in the north-east corner of the North of Ireland. It covers a largely rural area of approximately 190 square miles, with 42 miles of coastline. The area is very popular destination with tourists; it receives around a million and a half visitors a year.

Moyle District includes the three best known features of the North of Ireland: the World Heritage Site, Giant’s Causeway, the Glens of Antrim and Rathlin Island.

Council headquarters are in Ballycastle. Other towns in the area include Bushmills the home to the world’s oldest licensed distillery which has produced the famous Irish whiskey “Bushmills” since 1608, Armoy, Ballintoy, Cushendall, Cushendun and Waterfoot.

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