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Smash Discrimination anois - Lisburn under the spotlight

7 March, 2006

Sinn Féin Human Rights and Equality Spokesperson, Caitriona Ruane has said that the record of Lisburn Council is under the spotlight. Speaking after more than 100 elected representatives and party activists protested on the steps of Lisburn Council today Ms Ruane said that Sinn Féin would expose and confront the discrimination of councils like Lisburn and government departments and agencies like the NIO and Invest NI.

Ms Ruane said:

"Sinn Féin has publicly called on the Equality Commission to formally investigate Lisburn Council because their record of discrimination is shameful.

"We will bring our campaign to smash discrimination to the streets and to the door of those who discriminate wherever they are.

"Sinn Féin will confront, expose and challenge discrimination wherever it exists.

"This protest is just another part of that campaign. Lisburn is under the spotlight. We will not let Lisburn Council off the hook.

"We will bring our campaign in the coming days, weeks and months to the door of any organisation that is guilty of discrimination.

Sinn Féin Lisburn council group leader Cllr Paul Butler said:

"It sends out a strong message that Assembly members, councillors and party activists from rights across the six counties were here today. Discrimination on whatever grounds, on the basis of political or religious background, race, sex, disability or sexual orientation is not acceptable. It is wrong. It is illegal.

"In many areas Lisburn council has failed to deal with discrimination, for example:

· Allocation of council positions

· Irish Language

· Provision of play spaces

· Rights under civil partnership legislation

· Flags and Emblems

"Sinn Féin is united in wanting confront discrimination and in particular the failure of unionists and reactionary elements within the NIO and other government departments that refuse to accept that there is now a legal obligation to tackle discrimination and promote equality." ENDS

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