Lib Dem leader backs Mayo Day Campaign

Lib Dems back worldwide Mayo Day campaign in Levenshulme

The leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron paid a visit to Levenshulme to back the world wide Mayo Day celebrations which are planned for Sat 29 April.

The Lib Dem leader invited Mayo Manchester to the launch of their Northwest capaign for the forthcoming snap General Election which is scheduled for the 8th June. They met with Tim and the two candidates Jackie Pearcey the Lib dem MP candidate for Gorton and Councillor John Leech the candidate standing for re-election in Withington who were only too happy to show their support for the initiative.

Mayo Day is a world-wide initiative by Mayo County Council in the West of Ireland to try and unite the 9.4 million people with Mayo roots around the globe and to reconnect them through the Mayo diaspora website www.mayo.ie

Lawrence Hennigan commented "It was great to chat to Tim, Jackie and John, the Irish community are very concerned about Brexit and what it will mean for our close links to Ireland. It is great to see them supporting an anti-brexit stance and supporting the Mayo Day initiative which aims to develop our links with Mayo in the West of Ireland. It was great to see the worlds media at the launch in Levenshulme.”

"We have also asked the Labour party in Manchester to support the intiative which is aimed at developing our Tourism and Business links with Ireland. The Labour Councillor for Burnage Carl Austin Behan who is currently the Lord Mayor of manchester has asked the Deputy Leader Sue Murphy for permission to turn Town Hall the County colours of Green and Red. Fingers crossed that she gets behind the Mayo Diaspora in Manchester and gives her permisssion"

Jackie Pearcey commented "We are only too pleased to lend our support to the Mayo Day campaign and other initiatives that build our links with Ireland and Europe.

When asked to comment on his involvement with the intiative the Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron replied "Its great to see groups like Mayo Manchester developing and strengthening our ties with Ireland, they are our biggest trading partner and our party will do all we can to fight to retain our relationship with the Emerald Isle and the rest of Europe."

Cllr John Leech added “I have been involved in the Mayo Day initiative since the 2013 Mayo Manchester Gathering Festival in Mayo which I attended. I managed to raise the initiative in the House of Commons and I am delighted to continue my support in developing our links with Ireland.”

Levenshulme in South Manchester is home to one of the biggest Mayo Diaspora communities in the UK. Mayo Day is a world wide celebration of Ireland's biggest County in the West of Ireland and is celebrated every year on the Mayo Day bank holiday Saturday, which this year falls on Sat 29 April. Celebrations will take place all out the world from Australia to Hong Kong, Europe, the U.K. and back home in Mayo.