Rhonda’s discrimination case looms- against Papa’s party

In what can only be viewed as a highly embarassing affair for the DUP, former party councillor and daughter of party founder/ leader/ father Ian Paisley, Rhonda Paisley has pressed ahead with her case in which she is alleging she was discriminated against by the DUP on the grounds of her gender.

The party has always had a somewhat fractious relationship with women- as the treatment meted out to Women’s Coalition members in the 1996 Forum illustrated. But the fact that the leading family in the party has decided to wash its dirty linen so publicly must be an embarassment to the party heirarchy, including, of course, Rhonda’s father and brother.

The full hearing is due next year, with both sides given until December 22 to finalise preparations for hearing.