Sunday, 20 October 2013

Derry Rally against Poots

On Thursday a range of organisations and members of the public rallied in Derry's Guildhall Square to demand the resignation of Health Minister Edwin Poots. An estimated 50 people gathered on the steps of the newly renovated Guildhall demanding Poot's immediate resignation following a number of controversial decisions.  

In a week which a High Court Judge ruled that Edwin Poots’ ban on gay blood donation was ‘irrational’ and that he had ‘breached the ministerial code’ The rest of the UK has already lifted the all-out ban on gay blood donation, but Edwin Poots has consistently refused to do so here, even though blood from elsewhere in the UK, which includes the blood of gay men, is being imported to the North.  

The protest was supported by representatives from People Before Profit, Foyle Pride, The Rainbow Project, Alliance for Choice and the Workers Solidarity Movement as well as a number of trade unions.