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Sinn Féin to publish Equality document

3 October, 2005

Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin MLA and Spokesperson on Equality and Human Rights, Catríona Ruane MLA will hold a press conference tomorrow, Tuesday 4th October, at 11.30 am in our Sevastopol Street Offices on the Falls Road to the launch of the party's document on Equality.

Speaking ahead of the publication and launch Ms Ruane said:

"It is clear that despite decades of fair employment legislation and the clear legal commitments in the Good Friday Agreement that the lack of political will has meant that inequality, deprivation and discrimination have not been effectively challenged.

"The reality is that a combination of unionist political and establishment opposition to the implementation of the equality agenda has meant that we are all the losers. Strong and effective equality legislation, implementation and policy should make a real difference wherever discrimination is.

"The evidence shows that deprivation and poverty are greater in predominantly nationalist areas. Nationalists are under-represented in the workforce, the unemployment differential has remained virtually unchanged and that in Education, Health and Housing nationalists fair far worse. There is also a specific problem in the allocation of investment by agencies such as Invest NI and in the composition of the Civil Service, particularly at senior levels." ENDS

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