Nigel Farage MEP visited Northern Ireland yesterday as part of his touring covering the Assembly Elections in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. The UKIP Leader was delighted with his reception from local people.
As it was his sixth visit here in recent times, Mr Farage said:
“I always appreciate the warm welcome I receive in Northern Ireland, I support the people in their wish to secure a lasting political settlement built on good will, real peace and confident inside this United Kingdom.”
Mr Farage began his visit in East Belfast, meeting supporters and well-wishers who were travelling to work. Nigel then travelled to South Belfast to meet with Candidate, Bob Stoker in Sandy Row, before lunch in the cathedral quarter at the “Made in Belfast” restaurant before appearing on the BBC Talkback programme.
After lunch, the UKIP leader was joined by the parties candidates standing in 13 constituencies for a walk around Belfast City Centre where he enjoyed talking to shoppers, city workers and traders.
Cllr. Noel Jordan, the UKIP candidate in East Antrim met Mr Farage in the afternoon at Carrickfergus historic castle. Mr Farage met many local residents and shoppers when he strolled around Carrick town centre before coming to a well earned rest for refreshments.
Before returning to London, the UKIP leader had a private meeting with the Assembly Candidates during which he expressed his admiration for them and his confidence in UKIP shaking up Stormont by winning seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Throughout his visit to Northern Ireland, Mr Farage was accompanied by Northern Ireland UKIP leader David McNarry.
Mr McNarry said:
“Nigel Farage has never failed the people of Northern Ireland. He works tirelessly in the background for us in Brussels he loves this place and its people. Why wouldn’t he, we are easy to love! Nigel supports us and is proud of our candidates team. On May 5th we will send a message. UKIP is here to stay.”