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Job discrimination case involving Republican ex-prisoner clears first hurdle

8 October, 2015

Sinn Féin councillor Séanna Walsh has welcomed the success of a court ruling clearing the way for an employment case to proceed which involves discrimination against a republican ex-political prisoner.

Speaking today Cllr Walsh said:

“This case in front of the court today involved a man who had worked under the DOE Conservation Volunteers for 19 years.

“He had been upfront and clear with his employers that he was an republican ex-political prisoner from day one of his employment.

“When responsibility for his post changed to the Department of Finance he was sacked despite 19 years employment. The reason cited was that he had a conviction.

“This is clearly a ridiculous situation and highlights the discrimination faced by former political prisoners. 

“It is wholly unacceptable. Despite Jennifer McCann MLA making representations to the Finance Minister Arlene Foster this decision has not been overturned leaving no other choice but to bring this before the courts.

“I welcome the fact now that the path has been cleared to proceed with this case and the first stage has been won.

“We will continue to support this man and oppose the continued criminalisation of former political prisoners in our society.

“Twenty one years after the first ceasefires nobody should be denied equality of citizenship in fields such as employment.” 

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