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SDLP continue to fail in Equality test – McKay

20 March, 2013

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has stated that through their failure to act and block Jim Allister's Special Advisors Bill the SDLP continue to undermine equality and the Good Friday Agreement.

Speaking today Mr McKay said:

“The Special Advisors Bill brought forward by the TUV leader Jim Allister serves only one purpose – to discriminate against political ex-prisoners in employment.

“From the introduction of this Bill Sinn Féin have very clearly stated that the Bill is is politically motivated and runs contrary to the Good Friday Agreement and equality.

“Despite this the SDLP continue to support this Bill.

“The SDLP claim they are a party of equality.

“The have once again been exposed.

“The SDLP have failed to protect equality rejecting the MacBride Principles, they have failed to support Marriage Equality and now the have failed in supporting Jim Allister in legislating to discriminate against ex prisoners.

“We have already heard senior SDLP members saying they are not happy with the Bill following the failure of their amendments.

“If that is the case then there is only one option left for the SDLP and that is to block the Bill by signing a Petition of Concern. Will they do this or will they be exposed again in failing to protect equality and the Good Friday Agreement?”

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