Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Indigenous Irish still getting a raw deal in the north of Ireland

Derry Journal:

Sinn Fein's Mitchel McLaughlin says new figures highlighting the inequality suffered by nationalists are completely unacceptable.

The Foyle MLA said: "Yet again we have evidence that Catholic women are three-andahalf times and Catholic men are twice as likely to be unemployed than their Protestant counterparts.

"It is significant, and an indication of the nature of the state in the North of Ireland, that we have been consistently grappling with the issue of Catholic/nationalist disadvantage.

"The multitude of laws, reports and recommendations going back more than eighty years have all purportedly addressed this issue. Yet the outcomes show the problem of discrimination against the Irish nationalist community in the North of Ireland has not gone away."

Mr. McLaughlin says that, across every socioeconomic indicator of deprivation, nationalists fare much worse and the gap is increasing.

A long, hard road to real equality

Unionist's claim of inequality is refuted

4 Comments:

At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Alan McDonald said...

Diarmid,

Do you have any updates on Alan Hevesi's appearances since this morning's article in the NewsLetter (http://www.newsletter.co.uk/story/20461/)?

So far, he is reported to have said "The investment climate in Northern Ireland is much more favourable today, thanks to the ongoing peace process," and "Northern Ireland represents tremendous opportunities for growth and prosperity, regardless of religious, political or any other affiliation."

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger Diarmid said...

This is all that I have been able to find:

Hevesi Invests Millions in North

US financier pledges £3.75m for North

New York financier invests in NI

 
At 9:34 AM, Blogger Diarmid said...

And here is another article:

Tackling our inequality

 
At 9:53 AM, Blogger Diarmid said...

And another:

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Comptroller General of New York explains his interest in Northern politics

 

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