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Fra McCann asks DSD Minister to outline clearly, her views for a ‘shared future’

21 September, 2009 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Fein MLA for West Belfast Fra McCann has called on DSD Minister Margaret Ritchie to fully explain to people what her vision for a shared future is.

Mr McCann said:

“The issue of a ‘Shared Future’ has been the highlight of the Minister’s road shows and much of her assembly speeches and press statements, but she has not yet explained fully how she sees this unfolding, what it contains and what the cost of it will be. Like many others from the community, voluntary and political sector, I attended the DSD Road Show in the Gasworks in Belfast; unfortunately we had no clear indication, in practical terms, of what exactly she intends on doing in relation to this matter.

We must all work to ensure equality and to tackle prejudice, wherever it emanates from. There has been much good work carried out at interfaces throughout the summer, which has kept trouble to a minimum, that is ongoing and many groups and individuals need to be congratulated for that.

Margaret Ritchie must take the time, not just at a few Road Shows, but across the sector and across society to tell us directly and clearly what her view of a ‘Shared Future’ really are because ultimately it will effect people’s lives on the ground, we must not take that important aspect for granted.

Sinn Féin has released our document entitled “Rights and Respect: An Executive Programme for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration”; I would urge the Minister to look at some of things that our party is proposing in relation to shared space etc and in relation to ensuring equality of opportunity for all our people.” CRÍOCH

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