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MLA to raise Irish passport discrimination with Sainsbury’s

18 October, 2010 - by Cathal Boylan

Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MLA, Cathal Boylan, is to contact supermarket chain ‘Sainsbury’s’ to clarify their position on the need for job applicants from the North to produce a British passport, whilst claiming Irish passports are not acceptable.

Speaking today Mr Boylan said;

‘It seems when people apply online for jobs with Sainsbury’s stores throughout the North, they receive a call back on behalf of the company advising those who are to attend interview that they must bring “their British passport” – when it is put to the caller that the applicant holds an Irish passport, they are told this is unacceptable and they should bring their birth certificate instead.’

The Sinn Féin Assembly member continued;

‘I shall be contacting Sainsbury’s Head Office, to point out to them that under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, Irish people in the Six Counties have every right to hold an Irish or British passport, and that either form of passport is a recognised, legitimate form of identification for a holder in the North. It is totally unacceptable for Sainsbury’s to discriminate against individuals who have taken up their right to hold an Irish passport and I shall be asking them to review this policy as a matter of urgency.’ CRÍOCH

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