‘SDLP abandon the Good Friday Agreement’, claims Ruane

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
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Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has accused the SDLP of being led by the ‘rejectionist unionist’ Jim Allister away from the Good Friday Agreement and onto the ground of discrimination and inequality.

Speaking to Newry Times, Ruane said, “The SDLP were led away from the Good Friday Agreement and onto the ground of discrimination and inequality by rejectionist unionist Jim Allister.

“They have sold out the Good Friday Agreement and the principles which underpin it. This legislation is discriminatory, sectarian and anti-Peace Process. It has set victim against victim as it has attempted to reinforce the hierarchy of victims that republicans and nationalists are all too well aware of. It is bad and flawed law.

“The clear message from the SDLP is that those who suffered at the hands of the British State are at the bottom of Alastair McDonnell’s pecking order of victims. Today his party refused to meet victims of State violence. That position says it all.

Ruane added, “Sinn Fein will continue to oppose discrimination in employment and in every other aspect of the operation of government. We will never accept discrimination and inequality and the opposition to this Bill will continue in the time ahead.”


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