Several thousand people marched into Belfast City Centre as part of the An Dream Dearg rally calling for the introduction of an Irish Language Act in Northern Ireland. Our lad Brendan Harkin was in town with his camera to document it.
Robbie Best - "Telling a woman how to campaign for her rights, (assuming you, as a man, know better) and telling her she doesn’t have autonomy and agency over her body are both, at their core, informed by misogyny and a sense of male entitlement."
Kieran Pradeep - "NI is a land struggling to keep its head above a tide of historical debt. Culture and identity become leveraged by those who define them for us. Our segregated communities, educations and institutions service this debt, ensuring that the hierarchies in place do not falter."
Maria McManus - "I grew up along the border and the added level of poverty that was not only a poverty of finance, economy and opportunity, but cultural. It impacted on our identity, our sense of safety and freedom and our sense of ourselves."
Elizabeth Murphy - "Northern Ireland was still Northern Ireland. There were still stories of rioting and certain tensions at that time with marches. 'People are living in the past' was what I thought in 2013 and now in 2017 I find myself saying it again. Before long, I felt that urge to travel again."
Jo Zebedee - "I looked down the lough and started wondering, what would happen if aliens invaded Belfast?"
Norma Stewart - "I have come to hold the belief that my 'condition' as I grow older is that I am not limited to a specific set of values, and that own my personal spectrum is varied."