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Sinn Féin MLA's expenses provide voice of local communities - John O'Dowd

3 October, 2007

Sinn Féin MLA for Upper Bann John O'Dowd commenting on media reports about MLAs expenses has said that Sinn Féin MLA's spending is translated into the betterment of local communities.

He said,

"The report of members expenses published this morning is quite misleading. All 108 members receive the same amount yearly and Sinn Féin's spending is directed solely at the needs of the communities we represent and to provide a voice for those most in need of support.

"Expenses are allocated to constituency work, office cost allowances and employee's wages.

"I am publicly calling for MLA's expenses to be officially published on a monthly basis to allow the electorate, who gave MLAs a mandate, to judge for itself, rather than misleading media reports." Críoch

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