Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy has stated that the announcement by Danny Kennedy not to appeal the decision of discrimination in the Alan Lennon case is based purely on political expediency.
Speaking following the announcement Mr Murphy said:
“The decision not to appeal the findings of the Fair Employment Tribunal’s decision in a case brought by Alan Lennon is clearly politically motivated and way of scoring cheap political points at the expense of the truth.
“I understand that this political decision flies in the face of legal advice from a number of sources which challenged the findings and stated that they should be appealed, all off which the Minister was aware of.
“And yet despite this advice Danny Kennedy has sat on this for 6 weeks and decided at the 11th hour that there will be no appeal.
“Further to this the glaring contradiction stands that my decision not to appoint Alan Lennon is sectarian yet Danny Kennedy’s decision to do likewise stands without any challenge.
“Danny Kennedy took essentially the same decision as I did not to appoint Alan Lennon to the board of NIW. He has not explained the rationale for this.
“I would challenge the Minister to do this and explain how my decision, which I stand over and have explained publicly, is deemed sectarian yet his is not?
“The Ministers response in relation to this has been muted at best and his decision today is one that does the integrity of the public appointments procedures no favours.”