04 January 2006

DUP claims on unionist discrimination dismissed

Sinn Féin

Published: 4 January, 2006

Sinn Féin Equality and Human Rights Spokesperson, South Down MLA has dismissed the claims of DUP MP Gregory Campbell that an inherent bias against unionism exists in the employment market.

Ms Ruane said:

"Gregory Campbell like many within the DUP is obsessed with the myth that there is a bias against unionism. These claims do not stand up to scrutiny.

"Across every single indicator of poverty and deprivation the fact is that nationalists fair worse than unionists. Yes there has been progress for nationalist and Sinn Féin is committed to further advancing the equality agenda. Yes there are deprived unionist areas and Sinn Féin is committed to combating that. But the fact remains that in employment, housing, and ill health that the reality for nationalists is worse.

"Unionists have never acknowledged the history of the state, their own responsibility for this and for the conflict which resulted from this. The Agreement addresses Equality, Human Rights and Policing agendas precisely because there has been institutionalised discrimination, sectarian policing, injustice and repression.

"Gregory Campbell would do more for the community he claims to serve is he stopped telling them lies and did more to protect and advance the Equality Agenda." ENDS

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