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Amazement at Lisburn Council decision to slash Equality Budget

13 January, 2005


Sinn Féin Council Group leader on Lisburn Council Paul Butler has said that people will be amazed that Lisburn council with such an appalling record of discrimination has slashed its budget for equality schemes in half.

Cllr. Butler said:

" At last nights meeting of the Council it was decided that the budget for 'City Promotions' would be increased by £80,000. This is the group which produces the glossy advertisements proclaiming Lisburn as a 'City for All'. In order to fund this PR exercise it has been decided to slash the money set aside to promote equality schemes in the area from £40,000 to £20,000. This in the Council area with one of the worst records of discrimination in the six counties.

" Nationalists living in the Lisburn Council area will be amazed at this turn of events. Instead of bolstering efforts to actually tackle the problems of inequality and discrimination the Councillors in Lisburn have decided instead to spend scarce resources in promoting a campaign pretending that all is well in the borough.

" All is not well in Lisburn. No amount of glossy adverts will change this reality. This sort of approach is typical of the head in the sand attitude of unionists in Lisburn to the issue of equality." ENDS

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