FAIR feels it necessary to respond to comments made regarding yesterdays report by the local government auditor. FAIR originally took the case to highlight the discriminative policies of Newry & Mourne Council. Having succeeded in doing this, we acted under the advice of the Equality Commission and settled out of court.
We reject the notion put forward by one of the implicated members of Council that we settled to avoid losing the case. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. The case was never about money, only raising the issue of such discrimination. We would also like to clarify that the money received was to the FAIR group and not to William Frazer as quoted.
These are desperate statements from people who have misrepresented their areas, mismanaged their public duties and are now reaping the whirlwind of their actions. This matter has been upheld several times by the local government auditor and we fail to see what grounds for appeal remain.
In light of yesterdays rates rise announced by Peter Hain to fund extra public services locally, FAIR looks forward to full implementation of the law on this matter. Perhaps the people of Newry and Mourne will then secure Councillors that can manage to spend their funding on essential services, not waste it in defence of their personal bigotry.
HELP US TELL THE TRUTH