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Sinn Féin Explore Lisburn Council Court Options

23 July, 2003

Lisburn City Sinn Féin Cllr. Paul Butler has said that the campaign to expose discrimination on the Council will now move to the courts. Cllr. Butler's remarks came after the Council refused to debate a Sinn Féin motion calling for the D'honte principles to be applied to allocating Council positions. This came after the unionist parties excluded nationalists from all Council positions.

Cllr. Butler said:

"The motion put before Council last night by Sinn Féin offered the Council a way out of the discrimination mess which the unionist parties have embroiled us in. Unfortunately the motion to introduce D'honte was not even allowed to be debated last night. The unionists chose to defer it to a committee in September."

"This approach is not good enough. Sinn Féin will not simply stand aside and watch nationalists and republicans being treated as second class citizens. I will be meeting with our legal representatives this morning and we will be actively exploring the possibility of seeking a judicial review of the original decision to exclude all non-unionists from civic positions." ENDS

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