West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Opportunity still exists to stop Jim Allister's discriminatory Bill- Boyle

Published: 21 May, 2013

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has called on those who state that they are now opposed to Jim Allister's Special Advisors Bill to support a Petition of Concern to ensure that there is a not a legislative process for discrimination.

Speaking today Mrs Boyle said:

"This bill is in contravention of the Good Friday Agreement and there are very strong concerns that it runs against the European Convention of Human Rights.

"As this bill now progresses to its final stage all parties who wish to protect the Good Friday Agreement and equality need to come together and ensure that this bill will not be enacted. There are many ex-POWs in my own local area who will be discriminated against in this bill, we need to make our voices of opposition heard on this issue.

"Simply voting against the bill in its final stage will not stop the bill from going through its full passage. There is now a clear onus on those who stated that they are opposed to the bill as it stands to support a Petition of Concern and stop the legislating of discrimination."