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SDLP defence of discrimination disgraceful

20 May, 2004

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew has described SDLP MLA John Dallat's defence of the IMC and his criticism of the Sinn Féin decision to legally challenge the British government's discrimination against the party's electorate as 'nothing short of disgraceful'.

Ms Gildernew said:

" John Dallat takes issue with Sinn Féin challenging blatant British government discrimination against the majority of the nationalist community in the six counties who vote for Sinn Féin not to mention the rest of the people on the island who support our party.

" John Dallat needs to realise that Sinn Féin will make no apology for defending the rights and entitlements of the nationalist and republican community. We make no apology for challenging the IMC Report, a report which in reality is little more than a proxy for the securocrats.

" Sinn Féin is not prepared to simply roll over because the British government take a decision to discriminate against the Irish electorate. It is nothing short of disgraceful that the SDLPs John Dallat not only defends this British government discrimination but goes on to support the IMC a body which lacks credibility and operates entirely outside the terms of the Good Friday Agreement." ENDS

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