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Sinn Féin to discuss equality concerns with New York City Comptroller

20 September, 2006

A Sinn Féin delegation led by Conor Murphy MP and including Caitriona Ruane MLA and Cllr. Carál Ní Chuilín will meet with the New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson tomorrow in Belfast. The meeting will take place at 12.45pm in the Europa Hotel.

Speaking today in advance of the meeting Mr Mu said:

"Since the days of the campaign to link the MacBride principles on fair employment practices to investment here the Office of the New York City Comptroller has been a useful tool for those seeking to ensure that inequality and discrimination are tackled and eradicated. We will be urging Mr Thompson to adopt an equally robust approach to tackling current levels of inequality and disadvantage.

"Tomorrows meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss with Mr Thompson a range of areas of concern which we have relating to what the recently published CAJ report identified as a clawing back of the equality agenda across a range of areas including employment, housing, infrastructure and investment opportunities.

"We will be presenting to the meeting details of the current difficulties in these specific areas and the wider problem of turning the equality demands of the Good Friday Agreement and natural justice into decisive action on the ground which will effectively eradicate the inequality and disadvantage which currently still exists." ENDS

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