Ex-PoWs entitled to employment rights
Commenting on media reports criticising the appointment of former political prisoners as Special Political Advisers in Stormont, Sinn Féin Assembly member Gerry Kelly said:
“Almost half our Assembly team are former political prisoners. Many more ex-prisoners have played critical and positive roles in bringing the political process to where it is now and will continue to do so.
“It appears that Alban Maginess and Jim Allister have found common cause in proposing that former political prisoners should not have employment rights and do not have a valuable contribution to make.
“I would expect this from Jim Allister, but the SDLP are well aware of the contribution played for former political prisoners in the wider peace process and in communities over many years. It is obvious that former political prisoners have played a key role to date and will do in the future. No political opportunism will alter that reality.” ENDS