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Alderdice couches political vetting in soft language

9 June, 2004


Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew has said that an interview by IMC member John Alderdice this morning on Good Morning Ulster will have done little to ally fears that the body is actively pursuing an agenda which is designed to reinvent the political vetting of community organisations seen in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Ms Gildernew said:

" Since the publication of the IMC Report the broad community and voluntary sector has raised concerns that the IMC are actively trying to reinstate the policy of political vetting which ravaged the community sector in deprived working class areas in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Given the remit and the make-up of the IMC and the content of their report Sinn Féin share these concerns.

" John Alderdice's performance this morning on Good Morning Ulster will have done little to ally these fears. It was quite obvious that he was couching a process of political vetting in soft language. John Alderdice needs to realise that local communities will not stand by and watch himself or his colleagues demonise the community sector and initiate a witch hunt against those providing vital community services.

" It is somewhat ironic that Mr Alderdice chooses to make comment on the eve of the EU election his own political analysis having been rejected on so many previous occasions by the people of the six counties. Indeed the party he is associated with could not even muster a candidate. If Alderdice was so confident of his ground then why is he not putting his view to the people?" ENDS

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