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Lisburn - City of discrimination

24 June, 2004

Commenting after the meeting this afternoon of Lisburn Council at which the practice of institutionalised sectarian discrimination was continued, Sinn Féin councillor Paul Butler said:

" At this afternoons meeting Sinn Féin and the SDLP were once again excluded from every single position of authority within the Council. This mirrors the situation which existed last year. The message to nationalists and republicans in Lisburn is very clear. Unionists are incapable of sharing power. They are wedded to the policy of institutionalised sectarian discrimination.

" The Irish government had given a commitment to send a representative to witness today's meeting. However in the face of unionist threats the Irish government backed down and refused to attend. This situation is hugely disappointing. The Irish government have an obligation to promote and defend the rights of Irish citizens living in the six counties. They have an obligation to challenge blatant sectarian discrimination.

" Sinn Féin will not stop our campaign for equality within council chambers across the six counties. At present the councils with unionist majorities are in the main incapable of embracing basic principles of proportionality or equality. This situation will not be allowed to go unchallenged." ENDS

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