At 1pm today, around 100 people gathered outside the Andersonstown Leisure Centre to protest at Belfast City Council’s decision to outsource all of Belfast’s Leisure facilities to a Non Profit Distributing Organisation.

Sticking to their word that they aren’t anti Sinn Féin, People Before Profit marched to the door of the SDLP.

Last month, the party came under fire for protesting outside Connolly House in support of the Moreland Owenvarragh Residents Association (MORA) who are against the new plans for Casement Park.

In attendance, were prominent socialists Pádraic Mac Coitir of Éirígí, Tommy Doherty of Republican Network for Unity and independent candidate Ciarán Mullholland.

Tim Attwood, SDLP  is in favour of privatising the local leisure centre and thinks it will address the health inequalities of the area.  But rather than come out and plead their case to the protestors picketing their constituency office – the SDLP peered out from behind the blinds instead.

Sinn Féin are the only party elected to the council who are against it.

People Before Profit spokesperson Gerry Carroll, asked the protestors to join him at 5pm on Monday at the back of Belfast City Hall when the deal is to be officially signed off by the council.

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