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Sinn Féin to present UDR dossier to Equality Commission

5 September, 2006


Sinn Féin representative for Lagan Valley Cllr. Paul Butler will lead a party delegation to meet with the Equality Commission at 10am in their Shaftsbury Square Offices tomorrow morning (Tuesday 6th September).

Cllr. Butler will present to the Commission a dossier detailing the activities of the unionist militia - the UDR - and ask the Commission to investigate the equality implications of the decision taken by unionist dominated Lisburn Council to provide land in the city centre for a monument to this discredited force.

Speaking today Cllr, Butler said:

"The dossier we will present to the Equality Commission will detail a number of instances where the UDR were both directly and indirectly involved in the murder of nationalists, republicans and catholics. The UDR was little more than a British State funded unionist militia.

"The decision taken by the unionist dominated Lisburn Council to provide land in the city centre for a monument to this militia has caused widespread anger and resentment amongst nationalists in the Borough. Indeed the simple fact remains that many nationalists will simply refuse to shop in a town centre containing such an offensive memorial and will take their business elsewhere.

"Tomorrow I will ask the Equality Commission to undertake an investigation into the equality impact of the decision to place this monument in what is supposed to be a shared space in the centre of the main shopping area in Lisburn.

"The clear purpose of erecting this memorial is to cause offence and to mark out Lisburn City centre as a no go area for Catholics." ENDS

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