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De Brún - Civil Service composition highlights lack of equality in institutions

4 June, 2003

Commenting on the latest report on the composition of the civil service from the Equal Opportunities Unit of the DFP, SF West Belfast MLA Bairbre de Brún said:

"A concrete foundation for equality is to have institutions which are

· acceptable

· representative of the community as a whole, at all levels and in all their functions, and

· providing equality of treatment for the community as a whole.

"We need equality and representativeness not only in the political institutions but in government departments, the judiciary and the legal system, the police and public services.

"This latest report gives us a clear idea of how far we still have to go in respect of one aspect of our institutions, namely the civil service, and in particular the Senior Civil Service level." ENDS

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