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Government is there to serve the people – O Dowd

17 July, 2008 - by John O'Dowd


Speaking after comments made on radio this morning by Chair of the Assembly Health Committee Irish Robinson claiming that Government must "uphold Gods law", Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has said that Government is elected in service of the people first and foremost.

He said,

"Iris Robinson's comments this morning were ill advised and shows a great deal of poor judgement on her part in light of other outrageous comments she has made in recent months regarding homosexual people. The role of Government is to serve the people who elect it, Christian's and non-Christians alike.

As we face the impending economic challenges, MLA's must focus their attention on that and not side issues such as this.

Sinn Féin respects the rights of Christians as well as other denominations and those with no religious beliefs at all to hold those views, but when it comes to the business of government we must collectively be responsible and deal with the issues and beliefs held by and dear to all our people not one particular section."

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