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Sinn Féin candidate Mary Nelis has welcomed the fact that the SDLP have now adopted the Sinn Féin position on decentralisation.

11 November, 2003


Sinn Féin candidate Mary Nelis has welcomed the fact that the SDLP have now adopted the Sinn Féin position on decentralisation.

"In the Assembly I proposed that Governmental Departments and Civil Service jobs be decentralised to towns and cities across the Six Counties. This however failed due to lack of support from other parties including the SDLP. I also had a motion passed through Derry City Council on the issue of decentralisation when I served on the Council.

Now that the SDLP have realised that this is an initiative worth pursuing I hope that when the Assembly is reconstituted that we can rely on the SDLP and the other parties to support us in our efforts to make decentralisation a reality - not just an electioneering ploy. After all, Mark Durkan, first as Minister of Finance and then as Deputy First Minister had the opportunity to initiate a policy of decentralisation of Departments but failed to do so."ENDS

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