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SDLP are now aligning themselves with discrimination – Daithí McKay

28 May, 2013

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said the SDLP decision not to help block a rejectionist unionist bill discriminating against former political prisoners in the Assembly undermines the ethos of the Good Friday Agreement.

The North Antrim MLA said:

“This Bill is the brain child of the anti-peace process rejectionist unionist Jim Allister. That is the politics behind this discrimination. Let us be very clear that is who the SDLP are now aligning themselves with.

“Just last week the SDLP were saying that this was bad law and yet now they have decided to let that bad legislation pass through the Assembly.

“This legislation is against the core principles which underpin the Good Friday Agreement which at its heart is the ethos of inclusivity and equality.

“The SDLP are now aligning themselves with discrimination. No one has the right to say that they speak for all victims.

“This discriminatory bill is in the view of many a direct contravention of European Convention of Human Rights and if passed will no doubt result in further legal challenge.” CRÍOCH/ENDS

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