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Sinn Féin Councillor calls on Ballymena Council to back her motion to take action against sectarianism

5 June, 2006

Sinn Féin Ballymena Councillor Monica Digney has today called upon all political parties to support a Sinn Féin motion committing the council to ‘taking action against sectarianism and set an example to all of its citizens’.


Ms Digney made here comments before Ballymena Council is due to debate various motions regarding the recent sectarian violence in the town.


Speaking today Ms Digney said:


“The Sinn Féin motion commits this council to not engage in any actions or words which could be interpreted as being an attack on a particular religion or religious group and to take action against sectarianism and set an example to all of the citizens in the borough.


“Let us be clear, Ballymena has become a by-word for sectarianism in recent years. The tragic murder of young Michael McIlveen has sadly reinforced this. A band parade in the town on Saturday once again exposed this fact with band members and their hangers on chanting various sectarian slogans.


“As elected representatives, we have a huge responsibility to tackle sectarianism head on. Recent comments from DUP Councillor Roy Gillespie that Michael McIlveen will not get into heaven because he is a Catholic indicate the lengths some people have still to travel in Ballymena.


“I am calling upon everyone in Ballymena Council, to unite behind the motion that I have tabled this evening, the content of which threatens no one, but proposes practical solutions to the problem.” ENDS

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