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Council to consider free sanitary product plan in north west

Seamus McKinney

Derry City and Strabane District Council has unanimously agreed to consider providing free sanitary products in the city's Guildhall and council offices to combat period poverty.

The move was proposed at yesterday's meeting of the council by Sinn Féin member, Sandra Duffy. The council agreed to consider the feasibility of such a scheme at Guildhall, council offices in Derry and Strabane and at the Brandywell Stadium which is shortly to be renamed the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.

Ms Duffy proposed: “We should strive to become the first council in the north to proactively help efforts to tackle period poverty and be part of bringing about such positive change. It should be the norm in schools, universities, colleges, workplaces, football grounds, concert venues for free access to sanitary product provision.”

The council also agreed to ask education authorities to support the move by introducing a similar scheme in Northern Ireland schools.

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