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Sectarianism must be eradicated from society - Kearney

22 February, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin's Declan Kearney has said sectarianism must be eradicated from society. 

Speaking today following the launch of Sinn Féin’s proposals on tackling the scourge of sectarianism Party Chairperson Declan Kearney said;

“Sectarianism is a blight on our society which must be tackled if we are to move forward as a community.

“The reality of sectarianism and segregation impacts upon our society within education, sports, where we live and socialise, and in some cases, where we work.

“These barriers must be broken down. Citizens must be freed up to live their lives without fear of sectarian mind-sets and actions.

“Sinn Féin is proposing measures to tackle this blight on our society through a clear legal definition of sectarianism as a hate crime, entrenched within legislation and to be adopted by the Assembly and the Oireachtas.

“We are also proposing an island-wide campaign against sectarianism and segregation in all walks of life.

“This should be cemented by an anti-sectarian charter, incorporated in the pledge of office for all ministers and elected representatives; and the adoption of a dedicated strategy aimed at reconciliation and entrenched under the auspices of the North-South Ministerial Council.

“We would hope that all parliamentary bodies on the island, including those employed in these institutions, accept and incorporate these proposals; along with trades unions and employers.

“No one in our society can deny that sectarianism is a barrier to the well-being and growth of communities. For too long this has been a blight that has been an acceptable part of life for some people. This can no longer be the case.

“Sectarianism is a hate crime, just as racism is. There is no place for sectarianism in a modern society.”

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