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18 September 2003 Edition

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False advertising in Lisburn

The decision by Lisburn City Council to spend up to £70,000 of ratepayers' money on an advertising campaign promoting Lisburn as a city for everyone is a breathtaking example of brass-necked bigotry.

Lisburn Council needs to get its own house in order before it starts preaching about inclusiveness.

At its AGM in June, unionist representatives on Lisburn City Council voted for themselves as the chairs and vice-chairs of all the committees, excluding Sinn Féin, the SDLP and Alliance councillors. Since then, Sinn Féin has led the campaign for power sharing and as recently as last week, Lisburn's Strategic Policy Committee refused to support the implementation of the d'Hondt System of power sharing.

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Butler is calling on UTV not to carry advertisements for the council's campaign, which are expected to net the broadcaster £30,000, the biggest slice of the advertising budget.

Failing that, the unionist-dominated council should be had up for false advertising.

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