Commenting on the
15th anniversary of The Good Friday Agreement, Workers' Party General Secretary John Lowry
said, " in many ways, not least the
ending of terrorist campaigns, Northern Ireland today is a better place than before.
However that should not blind us to the
fact that 15 years on we have not realised the ambition of a new Northern
Ireland free from sectarianism and division".
"The DUP and Sinn Féin are managing division
society, not overcoming it. The political institutions themselves
reflect and perpetuate sectarian and communal blocs, segregation and the
number of so-called Peace Walls has actually increased and there is no movement
on a strategy to tackle sectarianism. Indeed there has been a rolling back on
commitments to increase the number of Integrated schools and youth unemployment
stands at 25%. "
"That is the reality of life in Northern Ireland
today. It is time now to review the workings
of the Assembly and Executive and to discard those things, like the designation
of MLAs as Unionist or Nationalist and the make up of the Executive which
reinforce sectarian division.", said John Lowry
Issued 10th April 2013