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Ex-prisoners funding decision a cynical move - McVeigh

2 September, 2015 - by Jim McVeigh

Sinn Féin councillor Jim McVeigh has said a decision to withhold funding from ex-prisoners groups was a cynical exploitation of the current political difficulties.

Councillor McVeigh said;

"This decision to withhold funding which was previously agreed for ex-prisoners groups at Belfast City Council was disappointing.

"It was yet another cynical exploitation of the recent tragic events in Belfast.

"Some of the comments made during the debate about community workers, some of whom are ex-prisoners,  were reckless, irresponsible and downright dangerous.

"This move was motivated by the party political in-fighting between the UUP and DUP and it is disappointing that other parties went along with it.

"As a result of this decision, hard working community groups who are making a genuine difference to the lives of local people, may lose out.

"They should not be punished in an electoral battle between unionists for party political gain."

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