DUP Mayor forced into u-turn
Lagan Valley Sinn Féin Representative and Lisburn Council Group Leader Paul Butler has announced that Sinn Féin will attend this years Mayors Dinner, after they successfully challenged attempts by the DUP Mayor to exclude them from the event.
Cllr. Butler said:
" This whole issue was never about attending the dinner. It was about attempts by the DUP to operate a policy of discrimination and exclusion. The attempt to bar Sinn Féin from the Mayoral dinner was another symptom of this policy.
" This afternoon we have learned that the DUP Mayor, Cecil Calvert has been forced to back down from his original decision barring Sinn Féin from the dinner. His change of heart has of course been forced by the fact that it breaches Council guidelines more than any acceptance of the democratic entitlements of the Sinn Féin electorate.
" Sinn Féin have been campaigning against the sectarian policies of Lisburn Council for many years. We consider the Mayor's U turn as justification of that campaign.
" Our message is one of equality and inclusivity in Lisburn and we will continue to campaign until unionists on the Council end their policy of discrimination." ENDS