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Sinn Féin calls on Equality Commission to initiate a full investigation into Lisburn Council

6 March, 2006


Sinn Féin is publicly calling on the Equality Commission to initiate a full investigation (under paragraph 11) of Lisburn Council because Lisburn council stands as a byword for discrimination and bigotry. Sinn Fein Lisburn Council group leader Cllr Paul Butler said:

"Sinn Féin is publicly calling on the Equality Commission to initiate a full investigation (under paragraph 11) of Lisburn Council because Lisburn council stands as a byword for discrimination and bigotry.

"It has an appalling record of discrimination against anyone who does not fit into their narrow-minded view of the world. Unionist control of Lisburn Council has been one of dominance where minorities have been excluded. Lisburn is not a 'city for everyone' but a city of exclusion and intolerance. It is the, Sectarian Capital of the North.

"Sinn Fein have repeatedly challenged unionists on Lisburn Council to share power on the basis of equality with nationalists. At every opportunity unionists have made the choice to discriminate, not just against nationalists but also against many other groups and individuals.

In five areas Lisburn council has failed to deal with discrimination, including:

  • Allocation of council positions
  • Irish Language
  • Provision of play spaces
  • Rights under civil partnership legislation
  • Flags and Emblems

"It is for that reason that Lisburn Council at the top of the list of discriminators that this campaign will focus on." ENDS

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