MLAs congratulate Kelly Gallagher on gold medal win


MLAs congratulated County Down skier Kelly Gallagher on winning Britain's first ever Winter Paralympic gold medal, on 10 February 2014.

The SDLP's Sean Rogers hailed County Down's new "golden girl" and her guide Charlotte Evans.

"Her win shows that if you persevere you can achieve your goals," he said.

The DUP's Peter Weir said he took "particular pride to see someone from my home town of Bangor win a gold medal."

"In the week of International Women's Day, Northern Ireland has a very positive female role model who can act as an inspiration to us all," he said.

Sinn Fein's Cathal O'Hoisin said "winter sports are incredibly dangerous and require great courage - how much more when you can't see where you're going."

He said Miss Gallagher's win was especially significant as "she represents two of the groups least represented in sports - women and the disabled."

The UUP's Michael McGimpsey said the win "speaks volumes for her courage, her training and also for her colleague and all those who supports her".

Alliance's Kieran McCarthy said that as a former spokesperson for local sport, "it's a real pleasure to see her win and we'd like to congratulate her".

Earlier, the TUV's Jim Allister brought a point of order relating to an event marking International Women's Day.

It followed an incident at the weekend when a feminist speaker appeared in a revealing dress, which Mr Allister called "indecent exhibitionism which does nothing for the standing of Stormont".

Speaker William Hay said it was the responsibility of members who sponsor such events and said they needed to be "held to account".

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