Anger at discrimination against republican ex-prisoners
Sinn Féin South Belfast Assembly member Alex Maskey has expressed anger at the case of two republican ex-prisoners who have been denied employment with the Simon Community and called for greater action to combat the discrimination faced by political ex-prisoners not just in employment but also across a range of areas.
Mr Maskey said:
"Discrimination on the grounds of being a republican ex-prisoner is totally unjustified.
"The role played by many political prisoners, particularly within the community sector should not be under valued.
"Ex-prisoners have been at the vanguard in developing alternatives to punishment attacks and the basis on which John McConkey and Jervis Marks have been denied employment with the Simon Community is both unfounded and insulting.
"Central to any process of conflict resolution must be support for the combatants within the conflict. The commitment to support the ex-prisoner community is explicit with the Good Friday Agreement. There needs to be greater action to combat the discrimination faced by political ex-prisoners not just in employment but also across a range of areas." ENDS