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Durkan Claims Complete Rubbish

15 November, 2003

Responding to comments made by the SDLP leader Mark Durkan, who claimed that his party did not accept the heath portfolio in the last Assembly because of some sort of deal with Sinn Féin, party Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"The claim by Mark Durkan that there was a Sinn Féin/SDLP agreement on the destination of the health and education departments is complete rubbish. In fact Alaister McDonnell admitted last week that health was not a priority for the SDLP at the formation of the last Executive.

"The SDLP ran away from the challenge of health, Sinn Féin on the other hand grasped the challenge and began the work of undoing decades of under funding and neglect.

"We have already stated that if we were given the opportunity after this election then we will seek the Education and Heath portfolios once again." ENDS

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