Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education

Front Page



UK Politics







Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Low Graphics

Friday, June 11, 1999 Published at 09:48 GMT 10:48 UK

UK Politics

No party invite for Sinn Fein

Belfast City Hall - still a forbidding venue for Sinn Fein

A political storm is brewing in Belfast following the decision of the Ulster Unionist Lord Mayor not to invite Sinn Fein members of the city council to his annual ceremonial dinner.

The Search for Peace
Sinn Fein, who were last week celebrating as the party secured the election of Councillor Marie Moore as deputy mayor, described the snub by UUP lord mayor, Bob Stoker, as an insult to their voters.

"This is an outrageous decision and a blatant act of discrimination against a significant proportion of the city's electorate," said Ms Moore.

[ image: Marie Moore: left without an invite]
Marie Moore: left without an invite
The annual lord mayor's dinner is one of the highlights of the civic year.

This latest move comes even though the UUP and Sinn Fein have agreed to share the positions of mayor and deputy mayor between them.

Sinn Fein now has the same number of seats on the council as the UUP and is likely to secure the mayoral position in next year's election due to a power sharing arrangement between the council's pro-agreement parties.

The Lord Mayor, Bob Stoker is insisting that he is not discriminating against Sinn Fein members.

"This is a personal invitation from myself - I don't believe that Sinn Fein warrant an invitation at this point in time," he said.

Advanced options | Search tips

Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©

UK Politics Contents

A-Z of Parliament
Talking Politics
Vote 2001

Relevant Stories

01 Jun 99 | UK Politics
Rival NI parties to share top jobs

Internet Links

Belfast Online

Sinn Fein

Ulster Unionist Party

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

In this section

Livingstone hits back

Catholic monarchy ban 'to continue'

Hamilton 'would sell mother'

Straw on trial over jury reform

Blairs' surprise over baby

Conceived by a spin doctor?

Baby cynics question timing

Blair in new attack on Livingstone

Week in Westminster

Chris Smith answers your questions

Reid quits PR job

Children take over the Assembly

Two sword lengths

Industry misses new trains target