Friday, November 04, 2005


A great day to be Irish

I came across the following story on A Tangled Web:

"A Derry woman has been granted €20,000 compensation after a county council was found to have discriminated against her because she was a UK citizen.

The Equality Tribunal upheld the complaint of Paula Alderdice who claimed she was discriminated against by her employer, Donegal County Council, because she was born in the North.

Eimer O'Shea, IMPACT trade union assistant general secretary, said it was a landmark judgment.

It was the first successful case the union was aware of that was taken by a worker from Northern Ireland on grounds of race.

Ms Alderdice joined the Donegal County Council in 1996 and competed for promotion on six occasions without success.

"This is despite the fact her own contemporaries in the organisation were progressing up the ladder and despite the fact she had worked as a manager in the North and was very well qualified. She has an honours masters degree in law and communications," Ms O'Shea said.

Ms Alderdice stated she had been discriminated against because she was a UK citizen. She had superior qualifications and experience than the successful candidates."

First off let me say that the members of Donegal County Council who discriminated against this woman are a disgrace and should be ashamed of themselves. These fools just show how damn hateful they are.

However, with that being said, this is a great day to be Irish as it was the Irish public sector trade union, IMPACT, as well as the Irish Equality Tribunal who stuck up for this UK citizen, Ms Alderice.

What does that tell you? The system works.

It tell us that if people of a British persuasion in Ireland have to face bigotry from sectarian individuals then the law will sort them out!

And you know what? It would be no different in a United Ireland. Well done to those involved in resolving this case. It's a great day to be Irish!


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