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Old Boy network 'alive and well' in Lisburn Council - Butler

24 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Councillor and MLA Paul Butler has today said that his party sees no change in Unionist mindsets in Lisburn Council following yesterday's council AGM and prior to tonight's Council meeting,

Speaking today Mr Butler said:

"An apt, young and enthusiastic candidate was chosen on behalf of Sinn Fein for the position of Mayor. Cllr Charlene O'Hara, the youngest councillor in Ireland, would have made an ideal mayor.

"However, following the election of Ronnie Crawford (UUP) and Edwin Poots (DUP) for the top two posts in Lisburn council, the politics of exclusion remains.

"The other parties, including the SDLP on the council should not have breached the principle of inclusivity or have been involved in any deals which exclude the largest nationalist party on the council - Sinn Féin.

"The DUP are committed to a power sharing executive in Stormont, so why is Lisburn Council dragging its feet?

"Sinn Féin will step up its campaign against Lisburn Council following once again being excluded from council positions.

"Lisburn council has been a bastion of unionist discrimination in the North. Nationalists living in this borough have experienced at first hand this systematic practice of discrimination." ENDS

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