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Playground named after Mo Mowlam
NI Secretary Peter Hain officially opened the playground
NI Secretary Peter Hain officially opened the playground
A children's park within the Stormont estate has been named after former NI Secretary Mo Mowlam.

The playground was developed during her time as secretary of state.

Ms Mowlam, who was MP for Redcar from 1987 to 2001 and Northern Ireland secretary from 1997 to 1999, died last August aged 55.

Current Secretary of State Peter Hain said the Mo Mowlam Children's Park was a fitting tribute to the former politician.

"I feel honoured to be able to provide this permanent memorial to Mo within the Stormont estate, where she worked tirelessly to improve the lives of all the people of Northern Ireland," he said.

"Her achievements, not least the crucial role she played in the signing of the Belfast Agreement, provided a positive legacy for the peace process."

Ms Mowlam's husband, Jon Norton, attended Tuesday's official opening.

"This is a wonderful tribute to Mo. She believed, very strongly that the peace had to be carried on and cemented by the next generations in Northern Ireland," he said.

"I am very moved to be here and to honour her memory."

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