SDLP support for ex-prisoner dicrimination challenged
Responding to remarks by the SDLP MLA Alban Maginness indicating that his party was minded to support Jim Allister’s discrimination bill against former prisoners, Sinn Fein Assembly member Raymond McCartney said:
“The assertion by Alban Maginness that the SDLP are likely to support the Jim Allister Bill which discriminates against ex political prisoners represents another retrograde step by his party.
Many former political prisoners played a key role in the development of the peace process. Their contribution has been widely recognised by the majority of nationalists. Indeed many of them hold elected office, including Executive positions.It is discriminatory to bar ex prisoners from working as advisors to Ministers. Many will question the motivation of the SDLP in positioning themselves in support of discriminatory practice in government.”