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Doherty - Rights Battle Will Continue

4 February, 2004

Sinn Féin Vice President and MP for West Tyrone Pat Doherty said today that his party 'would not rest until justice was secured for its electorate'. Mr Doherty's comments came after the Appeal Court upheld a decision to continue to refuse to give Sinn Féin Policy Development Grants despite smaller parties receiving this money.

Speaking from the court Mr Doherty said:

"Given the composition of the court system in the Six Counties today's decision was not unexpected. However this is not the end of the road. We will continue to fight these discriminatory practices both through political and legal channels.

"We will now consider our legal options and explore the possibility of removing this issue from the unreformed judicial system in the six counties.

"Sinn Féin will not accept the rights and entitlements of our electorate being discriminated against and we will not rest until justice is secured for them." ENDS

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