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14/11/05
Councillors Defend Wasting Public Funds

We have been informed that the Newry and Mourne Councillors that discriminated against victims, intend to fight the local Government Auditors decision against them. We believe their defence is based on research in England and Wales that theorises that surcharging is an unfair way to deal with councillors who have misused public money.

There are many distinct differences between England, Wales and Northern Ireland though. Councils in England and Wales do not have councillors linked to paramilitary organisations, they do not have councillors who condone terrorist acts, nor do they have councillors who would refuse victims of terrorism access to community facilities because they shared different religions, backgrounds or viewpoints.

Surely if public money is wasted as a direct result of bigotry and discrimination against legal advice, surcharging is a most viable option.

The IRA have murdered and maimed people in South Armagh for over 30 years and they have been unable to force our members completely from the area. Now the loved ones of those killed and injured are subject to the attempted denial of basic community facilities. Our resolve remains firm that our human rights will be upheld.

We are willing, if required, to make more information available to back up the case against these Councillors who were unable to act in the interests of ALL residents in their areas. We are also looking into possible legal actions against statements demonising FAIR and victims in general by those lashing out over this ongoing case.

 



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