ECNI: “where it believes that a public authority may have failed to comply with its approved Equality Scheme…”

As UTV note, the Equality Commission For Northern Ireland have announced that they are “to conduct an investigation into a decision made by Newry and Mourne District council to retain the name “The Raymond McCreesh Park” for a Council-owned play park in Newry.”  Here’s Mick’s post on that decision in December last year.

From the Equality Commission press release

The investigation will consider whether, in making its decision, the Council has failed to comply with commitments made in its Equality Scheme:  namely to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity across the nine equality groups, and to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group.

Under paragraph 11 of Schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 the Equality Commission is empowered to conduct an investigation where it believes that a public authority may have failed to comply with its approved Equality Scheme.

After consideration by its Statutory Duties Investigation Committee, the Commission is satisfied that it would be appropriate to have a belief that such a failure may have occurred in this instance. This is not a determination of whether or not such a failure has in fact occurred.

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  • iluvni

    Did Alasdair McDonnell ever break his silence on the sdlp’s shameful decision?

  • sherdy

    Can we also expect the ECNI to investigate whether the almost total British paraphernalia in Belfast City Hall also complies with its approved equality scheme?

  • sonofstrongbow

    I think that’s a job for the WCNI (Whataboutery Commission for Northern Ireland).

  • UserAinm

    I think it’s a good idea, if the name needs changed then it needs changed and if the ECNI come back with the decision that the council has complied with it’s commitments then the matter can be put to rest.

  • WCNI

    Good one sos.

  • Kevsterino

    We’ll see if they can straighten it out. Not being familiar with the park, is it in an area where children from both communities would use it?

  • carl marks

    SOS is the chairperson of WCNI !

  • sonofstrongbow

    Look Carl son so I’ve bested you and your ‘selective’ recall several times now and called you out as a bigoted auld loser; but really you should just let it go.

    Now I know on one level I should be flattered that you’ve developed into my online stalker on this site, but, I have to be honest here and really don’t mean to hurt your feelings, you’re no great catch.

    I know, I know I’m partially responsible for feeding your trolling. I’ll try to do better in the future. Promise.

    You should try to park your bitterness. It can’t be doing you any good. Stop fuming over that keyboard in whatever hovel you hail from.

    Get out, find some early daffodils, let the wind blow your miasma away. You’ll fell better for it.

  • carl marks

    Must have touched a nerve!
    And i bet you still see nothing wrong with calling Catholics fenians, so for you to accuse something of being a bigot is a bit of the oul pot calling the kettle black.
    And i can’t recall when you bested me , was it when you accused me of being a lair and i produced your post that proved me right, or was it when you said that I supported republican violence and I challenged you to prove it and you admitted you where lying. Please show me where you have bested me or can i assume that this claim falls into the same group as the others you have made in te past?

  • sonofstrongbow

    Ah come on Carl, calm down dear. You seem to be the one with the problem with your nerves. Personally I’m enjoying myself immensely.

    You’re still going down the selective quoting route? Not only do you appear not to understand the ‘?’ punctuation mark context also seems to have passed you by.

    You seem to have morphed the old John Hume adage to say something often enough everyone, including you, will start to believe it’s true.

    And now you’ve gone and got yourself a yellow card. Your morning ad hominem call is now looking rather silly.

    Take time to think next time and at least realise that your nocturnal proclivities have consequences other than a morning spent with a mouth tasting like the bottom of a budgie cage.