Northern Ireland

Funeral of PA Maglochlainn, NI gay rights campaigner to be held on Saturday

PA Maglochlainn
Image caption PA Maglochlainn appeared frequently on local TV and radio

The funeral of PA Maglochlainn, the well-known gay rights campaigner from Londonderry, is due to take place on Saturday.

He had been receiving hospital treatment for a long-term illness but died on Wednesday.

Mr Maglochlainn was the president of the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association (NIGRA) for 20 years.

As a member of the SDLP, he became the first openly gay representative to sit on a NI political party's executive.

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell said the loss of "such a fondly held party stalwart will be heavily felt across the SDLP".

Mr Maglochlainn worked as a SDLP volunteer in Mid Ulster before coming to South Belfast where, up until a few weeks ago, he volunteered every Thursday as a constituency advisor in Mr McDonnell's Finaghy office.

Mr Maglochlainn was a former teacher who first became involved with NIGRA over two decades ago.

Last year, he was honoured for his contribution to the Belfast Pride movement.

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