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Senior Civil Service appointments record should send out a serious message on the need for change

22 December, 2003


Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey, commenting on the revelation that of 51 appointments to senior civil service grades in the last 3 years that only four have been Catholic women and that there have been only 13 Catholics appointed in total has said that this is evidence of barrier to career advancement for Catholics and Catholic women in particular but also of the urgent need for change within the senior levels of the civil service and the appointments procedures.

Mr Maskey said:

"It is unacceptable that of 51 appointments to senior civil service grades in the past three years that only 13 were Catholic and a disgrace that out of that figure that only four Catholic women have been appointed to the upper levels of the civil service.

"This is evidence that considerable barriers remain within the civil service that blocks the advancement of Catholics and Catholic women in particular into the senior civil service grades. This should send out a serious message that there is an urgent need for change in supporting the career advancement of Catholics and Catholic women in particular within the civil service.

"We have had a review of appointments of senior civil servants. We now need to clear evidence of measures that will effectively address this situation. This requires a major sea change in the ethos within the civil service and the appointments process." ENDS

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