Alliance Youth sets up new branch at Coleraine campus

ALLIANCE Youth, the youth wing of the Alliance Party, is delighted to announce that a new Alliance Youth society has been formed at the University of Ulster, Coleraine.

Chaired by final-year student Ciarán Duffy, the group – which offers a political home for local young people who want to live in a society which actively promotes inclusion, diversity and tolerance – made its first public appearance at the recent UU Freshers’ Fayre, followed last week by a movie and pizza night for new members.

The group was privileged to be joined at UU Coleraine by Councillor Yvonne Boyle (Coleraine East), and Councillor Jayne Dunlop (Ballymena North), who commented, “I was delighted to see members of Alliance Youth at the Freshers’ Fayre in Coleraine. It is great to see enthusiastic young members representing the party and helping to make others aware of the work of Alliance. We need more young men and women to become involved in politics, to vote in elections and to contribute to the future government of our country.”

Also in attendance were members of Alliance Youth’s national executive, including its recently elected Chair, Graham Scobie, who also congratulated Ciarán on his hard work and success in bringing the Alliance Party’s vision for a shared future to UU Coleraine: “I believe it is a very positive step to have a positive, liberal political voice at UU Coleraine. Sadly Coleraine has been plagued with sectarianism for much too long, evidenced by its being named the third most sectarian town outside of Belfast in our province in an academic report last year.

“I hope that the Alliance Youth society at UU Coleraine can help reinvigorate public discussion and debate about the best way toward a shared future in our town”.

Graham was also a candidate in the local council elections in Coleraine this May and hopes to use his position as Chair of Alliance Youth’s national executive to continue to contribute to a building a shared future in Coleraine, by supporting the development of the Alliance Youth branch at UU Coleraine.

Alliance Youth is leading real change for all young people across all of Northern Ireland, and beyond. To get involved or for more information on Alliance Youth and upcoming events, go to alliance-youth.net, search for us on Facebook, or Twitter (@allianceyouthni