Discrimination alive and well in Lisburn City Council – Carson
Sinn Féin Lisburn City Councillor and group leader, Ader Carson, has slammed the discrimination shown at today's Council AGM which has denied Sinn Féin any formal position as either Mayor or Chair and Vice Chair of any committee while awarding the DUP 10 out of the 12 positions.
Speaking today Cllr Carson said:
“The discriminatory policies pursued by unionists on Lisburn City Council are as alive in 2013 as they ever have been.
“Sinn Féin is the second largest party grouping on the council yet despite this we have been denied any formal positions following Lisburn council's annual general meeting.
“The DUP on the other hand have awarded themselves 10 out the 12 official council positions.
“Given the mandate that Sinn Féin received in 2011, had d’Hondt been enacted, the party would be entitled to the position of Chair and Vice Chair of a committee each year, along with one year as Mayor of Lisburn.
“Sinn Féin have consistently been on record calling on the need for proportionality on this council. Since first being represented on Lisburn council in 1985, unionist politicians have constantly sought to deny Sinn Féin its share of positions. As a result, by the end of this term in 2015, Sinn Féin will have held only two official positions in 30 years.
“While other councils across the north are moving forward such as Banbridge and Coleraine, Lisburn is still firmly stuck in the dark ages as a fiefdom for the DUP and bigotry.
“Certainly there is no shared future in the minds of DUP councillors in Lisburn City Council. Discrimination and jobs for the boys remains the priority.”