28 November 2005

SF to pour cold water on unionist campaign


Lisburn City Councillor Paul Butler says he is to lodge a complaint with the Equality Commission over the way Lisburn Council has run its campaign to fight water charges.
“This campaign was agreed by Council, yet in reality it is seen by many as a campaign on behalf of the DUP and UUP,” explained the Sinn Féin councillor.
“Lisburn Council’s campaign to fight water charges is deliberately excluding Sinn Féin and nationalist councillors.
“The campaign is being exclusively run by the DUP and UUP. Ratepayers’ money is being used to finance this campaign to further the political aims of unionists and that is totally unacceptable,” he added.
Claiming that the DUP and the UUP are using the campaign against water charges to benefit their own political parties, at ratepayers’ expense, Cllr Butler added, “Sinn Féin, the largest nationalist party on the Council, is being excluded while the SDLP have been given a token role in the campaign.
“It was agreed by Lisburn Council to have this campaign to fight water charges.
“In effect it is the policy of the Council to oppose water charges and this can only be done with the participation of all of the political parties on the Council.
“Yet the reality is that the DUP and UUP have run the campaign as their own.”
Councillor Butler continued: “We intend to raise this issue with the Equality Commission given that ratepayers’ money is being used.
“I will also raise this matter with the Chief Executive of the Council and will be asking why the DUP and UUP have been allowed to abuse their positions and ratepayers’ money in this way.”

Journalist:: Ciara McGuigan

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