Lisburn Council AGM will test unionist commitment to power- sharing: Paul Butler
Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Butler has today said that his party will "call on the British government to appoint an administrator to run Lisburn council if there is no change in council practices after this week's council AGM".
Speaking today Councillor Butler said:
"Sinn Féin will call on the British government to appoint an administrator to run Lisburn council if there is no change after this week's council AGM. The Irish government will also be asked to back our proposals and to push the British on this issue.
"I am calling upon the other political parties on Lisburn council, the SDLP, Alliance and UUP to join with Sinn Fein to block the DUP's politics of exclusion. Jeffrey Donaldson will lead the DUP into Lisburn council with the sole intention of turning the council into a unionist fiefdom dominated by the DUP. The other parties on the council should not breach the principle of inclusivity or be involved in any sordid side deals with the DUP which will exclude the largest nationalist party on the council - Sinn Féin.
"Tomorrow's AGM will test whether or not the DUP is really committed to sharing power with nationalists. At present there is no evidence that the DUP is willing to share power. Sinn Féin will step up its campaign against Lisburn Council if it is once again excluded from council positions.
"We are calling upon the British government to appoint an administrator to run the council until they bring in legislation that makes it binding on councils like Lisburn to have in place power sharing arrangements and other checks and balances to curb discrimination in relation to council services and facilities. The Irish government should also raise this with the British government and call for legislation to bring about power sharing in local government.
"Lisburn council has been a bastion of unionist discrimination in the North. Nationalists living in this borough have experienced at first hand this systematic practice of discrimination." ENDS