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Action required to tackle the unemployment differential

19 October, 2004


Sinn Fein Equality Spokesperson, South Down MLA Catriona Ruane commenting on the updated statistics published by National Statistics Office has said that action is required to tackle the higher levels of unemployment that exist within the Catholic community.

Ms Ruane said:

"People from the Catholic community are twice as likely to be unemployed than Protestants. That is a simple indisputable fact.

"There are clear commitments within the Good Friday Agreement to eradicate the differential between the communities but nothing has been done to make any impact.

" This report is also of course a timely reminder for those unionist politicians and British direct rule ministers who regularly attempt to revise history and pretend that discrimination in employment is a thing of the past. It is not and it needs addressed urgently.

" We need to see an action plan developed by government to tackle effectively for the first time ever institutional employment discrimination in the six counties." ENDS

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