Northern Ireland Assembly: Vote NO to the  Civil Service (Special Advisers) Bill
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Northern Ireland Assembly: Vote NO to the Civil Service (Special Advisers) Bill

    1. Thomas Quigley
    2. Petition by

      Thomas Quigley

      Belfast, Ireland

This bill aims to discriminate against former political prisoners imprisoned during the conflict. Political prisoners will be barred as Special Advisers to Government Ministers and serving Special Advisers will be sacked.

Former political prisoners already face serious discrimination in many areas that detrimentally affects their lives and the lives of their families. This is especially so in the area of employment where many barriers exist, both structural and political, excluding them employment in numerous sectors of the labour market.

This Bill will add to the number of legal ways in which former political prisoners can be excluded from employment and it will reinforce the discriminatory attitudes and practices with which former political prisoners have to contend.

This bill will operate as a breach of the international agreement between two sovereign states, the Irish and British governments, that gave effect to the Good Friday Agreement. It will also contravene the commitments given in regard to political ex-prisoners’ in the Good Friday Agreement and in the St Andrews Agreement. If it is passed in the form proposed its retrospective penalisation of current special advisors will be in contravention of domestic and international human rights provision.

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    • Vincent Murphy AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      Discrimination against political prisoners

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    • Martin McKiernan LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      To promote inclusivity and a shared society!

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    • Sean Dennis BALLYCASTLE, IRELAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      I believe the people who I vote for should be allowed to employ the best possible advisors available to them, and I regard this bill as an attempt to undermine my basic right to have proper and appropriate representation in parliament.

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    • Peter Doran BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a Republican. I believe that the foundation of a fair and just society is equality.

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    • Seán Ó hAdhmaill BAILE ÁTHA CLIATH, IRELAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      It's a question of equality - a no brainer!

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