Anti-Protestant Bias also in DCAL
In reaching its finding of discrimination by Conor Murphy as DRD Minister the Industrial Tribunal established that "there was a significant disparity between the success rates of Protestant applicants and Catholic applicants within DRD, and that a Catholic applicant was at least twice as likely to be appointed than a Protestant applicant" .
Now, by an Assembly Question, TUV Leader Jim Allister has established that exactly the same pattern of anti-Protestant bias exists within Sinn Fein led DCAL.
Figures extracted show that in respect of the ministerial appointments made by Minister Cullen since May 2011 a Catholic applicant was more than twice as likely as a Protestant applicant to be appointed.
Of 71 Catholic applicants 14 were appointed, but of 70 Protestant applicants only 6 were appointed; demonstrating a far higher ratio of selection of Catholics by the Minister.
Commenting Jim Allister said, "It is no coincidence that another Sinn Fein led department has been found out to be operating an anti-Protestant bias in its ministerial appointments. This points to design, not accident and coming on top of the damning indictment of Murphy shows up as a systemic trait of Sinn Fein rule.
"It also exposes the hypocrisy of Sinn Fein's pretence of treating all citizens equally. With two ministers now found out as practitioners of anti-Protestant bias the meaning of "ourselves alone" is clear for all to see."
Note to editors:
The table below sets out information on the appointments, including reappointments for a second term, I have made since May 2011.
|Community Background Catholic||Community Background Protestant||Community Background Neither/Not Known|