Victoria Square, a celebration and challenge

I decided to visit the Victoria Square Shopping Centre in Belfast yesterday. Two words immediately came to my mind when I viewed the new centre. Celebration and challenge.

Victoria Square is a fantastic celebration of the economic success Northern Ireland has enjoyed post ceasefires.

Victoria Square is also a massive challenge. A challenge to society to reach out and include those who have been left behind by the economic progress that has occurred. Those who continue to live in poverty and those excluded due to the intolerance and ignorance of others.

The opening of Victoria Square should provide the impetus to everyone across Northern Ireland to work together to create an inclusive shared society.