Public bodies react to Finlay's LGBT blasting letters

BBC and PSNI do not rain on staff and officers Gay Pride parade

Public bodies react to Finlay's  LGBT blasting letters

Police officers taking part in Saturday's Gay Pride parade in Belfast, branded ‘totally inappropriate’ by Ald John Finlay. SPB32-30

Alan Millar

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THREE top Northern Ireland public bodies have reacted to letters written to them by Ballymoney DUP Alderman John Finlay in the run up to the Gay Pride parade that took place in Belfast on Saturday.
Ald Finlay wrote to the Director of BBC NI and the Chief Constable of the PSNI and Sir Jonathan Stephens, Permanent Secretary at the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) in relation to LGBT issues.

He urged the BBC and PSNI to reconsider allowing staff and officers to attend the Pride parade, which neither organisation did. 

He also wanted to know from the Permanent Secretary if people offended by the LGBT Rainbow Flag would be compensated as generously as the civil servant recently awarded £10,000 for having to walk past a portrait of HM The Queen. 

Causeway Alliance Councillor Chris McCaw said he was "sorry to hear John has chosen this path."

*For full story, including reactions from the three bodies contacted, see this week's paper.

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