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Women's groups and climate activists join protest against Paul Givan's resignation

A protester at yesterday's rally at Belfast City Hall following Paul Givan's resignation as first minister. Picture by Mal McCann

CLIMATE activists and women's groups were among those who joined a protest yesterday against the DUP's decision to withdraw Paul Givan from the executive.

The 'Reclaim The Agenda' rally, which was organised by Women's Policy Group NI, took place outside Belfast City Hall.

A spokesperson said Mr Givan's resignation "disproportionately affected the welfare and lives of women and children".

"Groups have worked for many years on building a voice regarding the lack of policies, protecting our society from poverty, injustice and domestic abuse," the spokesperson said.

"We deserve a government who works to better our society – we deserve policies, not posturing and we cannot remain silent on the issues creating poverty and continuing hardship."

Mr Givan's resignation, which automatically triggers the resignation of his Sinn Féin counterpart Michelle O'Neill, has cast doubt on a number of outstanding bills.

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