Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy has said that a decision by DRD minister Danny Kennedy to axe jobs and sub contractors providing frontline road services as politically motivated and incompetent.
Conor Murphy said:
“Danny Kennedy has chosen to make low-paid workers carrying out maintenance on the roads redundant rather than trying to find other savings within his budget.
“If other ministers can find ways of protecting jobs and services in their departments then the question has to be asked is Danny Kennedy’s decision politically motivated, incompetent or both.
“Danny Kennedy didn’t even take a position on the last budget allocations, he abstained from the vote but has acted immediately to cut jobs.
“This follows hard on the heels of his threats to bus passes for the elderly. Maybe his party leader Mike Nesbitt should be asking is his minister up to the task.”ENDS/CRÍOCH