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DUP Belfast Council Group Leader Refuses To Talk To Sinn Féin

7 August, 2013

Sinn Féin Council Group leader in Belfast Cllr. Jim McVeigh has called on the DUP leadership to take action to bring elements of their own Council Group on Belfast into line with their own party policy.

Cllr. McVeigh today revealed that the DUP Group leader on the Council, William Humphrey refuses to talk to Sinn Féin.

Cllr. McVeigh said:

“We currently have the ludicrous situation in Belfast City Council where the DUP Group leader Cllr. William Humphrey refuses to speak to Sinn Féin members on the Council. It is the sort of politics engaged in 20 years ago in City Hall and I’m sure will shock the vast majority of citizens of Belfast.

“It seems that Cllr. Humphrey, who also double jobs as an Assembly member, has missed the point that his party leader jointly leads the Executive alongside Martin McGuinness. He seems locked in a pre-Peace Process time warp.

“It is the sort of mindset that prevents him from condemning attacks like the one yesterday on the Mayor or tries to explain away the placing of religious statues on loyalist bonfires over the Twelfth.

“The DUP have many good and decent members in Belfast City Hall who want to engage and want work collectively for the betterment of Belfast.  They are being held back by the sectarian and backward behaviour of a few. It is high time the DUP leadership took action to bring their own members into line with their own party policy. Refusing to talk to other elected representatives is simply unacceptable and cannot be defended or excused.”

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