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Durkan challenged over ‘bizarre’ SDLP response to leaked Education proposals

14 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Education Committee member Michelle O'Neill MLA has branded the response of the SDLPs Dominic Bradley to the Education Ministers proposals to end academic selection as 'bizarre' and 'typical from an individual blinkered by his anti-Republican and anti-Sinn Féin agenda'.

Ms O'Neill said:

"The SDLP claim to support the ending of academic selection. Yet throughout this debate Dominic Bradley has yet to raise a voice in support of change. Instead he has time and again both inside and outside the committee aligned himself with reactionary unionists seeking to stop the process of change.

"His response to the leaked proposals was both bizarre and at odds with the response of both the supporters and opponents of the end to academic selection.

"He has done this not with either the needs of children or his own party's manifesto commitment in mind but instead a desire to score cheap political points. The SDLP leader Mark Durkan needs to make it clear where his party stands. Do they support an end to academic selection or not?

"Dominic Bradley has proven himself incapable of championing change. His most recent comments branding a planned end to academic selection over three years as a 'climb-down' are even rejected by the grammar lobby. Again cheap political point scoring takes the place of managing change when it comes to Mr Bradley, an individual blinkered by his anti-Republican and anti-Sinn Féin agenda." ENDS

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