Stand Up for Derry
Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has said that the 'Stand Up for Derry' campaign will not only continue but will be intensified over the coming months despite the SDLP voting against a motion put before Derry City Council calling for all party support for the campaign.
Ms Anderson said:
"I am disappointed that the SDLP have put petty party arguments in front of what is shaping up to be a broad based campaign that could reap major benefits for the people of Derry.
"The SDLP need to explain their rational to the people of Derry as to why a campaign designed to help alleviate the major problems effecting Derry and the surrounding region has been rejected by its council team.
"Maybe the SDLP are embarrassed that it highlights that under their stewardship Derry has lagged far behind other areas in developing infrastructure, housing and job creation or do they believe that what they achieved is satisfactory for the people of Derry. In fact it was under their stewardship that Derry has lost its second city status to Lisburn.
"Sinn Féin will not be deterred by this minor setback and the 'Stand Up For Derry' campaign will continue so that the people of Derry are treated on an equal basis when it comes to investment by central government.
"Over the coming months the campaign will be intensified with a door to door petition, a cavalcade to Stormont and a series of meeting with Ministers, Invest NI, the Housing Executive and other statutory agencies." ENDS