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Minister Ritchie claiming victories that are not hers

12 February, 2008


Sinn Féin South Down MLA Willie Clarke has said that the feeble attempt by the Social Development Minister to claim credit for the 390,000 Euro feasibility study into bridge at Narrow Water will not win her many friends in South Down. He also questioned why she used the Department of Social Development to put out 2 statements on the issue.

Mr Clarke said:

"The feeble attempt by the Social Development Minister to claim credit on Friday for a feasibility study funded by the Irish government looks particularly foolish when you realise that the contract fort the study has already being awarded and agreement reached between Louth Council the Roads Service on sharing information.

"There was agreement to move ahead with this feasibility study last year.

"Margaret Ritchie is claiming victories which are simply just not hers. This smacks of trying to grab headlines when what is needed is a long term strategic commitment to delivering the bridge at Narrow Water and the issue of the link road. This is a disappointing response to what is an important infrastructure issue.

"I am also concerned that Margaret Ritchie is using resources at the Department of Social Development at a time when people are homeless and waiting lists for social housing are at their highest for a generation." ENDS

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