West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

New councils must become models of equality, inclusivity & partnership- Doherty

Published: 30 March, 2015

New councils must become models of equality, inclusivity & partnership- Doherty

Sinn Féin's Pat Doherty has said the new councils which will come into line on April 1st present an opportunity to stand up for equality and seek progressive alliances at all times.

Speaking this week as the new councils come into action Mr Doherty said,

"Councils in which Sinn Fein are a significant influence must become models of equality, inclusivity and partnership. They must be exemplars of justice and fairness.

"The new structures must become pillars of tolerance, diversity and inclusion, reconciling and accommodating not just orange and green but all the other political, social and cultural colours that make up our society in the 21st century.

"They must reach out and embrace minorities and the marginalised. They must set an example in the challenging task of reconciliation and provide an alternative to the triumphalism and domination which characterised unionist domination in local government in this state for so long.

"I would like to pay tribute to the outgoing Sinn Féin councillor's in Omagh Sean Begley, Ann Quinn and Peter Kelly and in Strabane Jay McCauley and Michelle McMackin. They have and will continue to play a vital role in our Sinn Féin team and I would like to thank them for the work they carried out as local councillors. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish members of the Omagh-Fermanagh and Derry-Strabane councils all the best in the new arrangements."