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MARGARET RITCHIE NOT UP TO THE JOB -NÍ CHUILÍN

9 September, 2008


MARGARET RITCHIE NOT UP TO THE JOB -NÍ CHUILÍN

Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast and DSD spokesperson Carál ní Chuilín has stated that the DSD Minister, Margaret Ritchie, is failing to deliver on key commitments and requirements of her job. This follows the revelation that Ms Ritchie has not submitted her September Estimates for the required scrutiny by the DSD Committee, which will meet on Thursday of this week.

Speaking today Ms Ní Chuilín stated:

'The September Estimates for the expenditure of Departments need to be sent to their relative scrutiny committees for the start of September. This enables the first committee meeting of the term to deal with the budgets. So far all ministers will achieve this however Margaret Ritchie has stated that she will be unable to do so.

'Is her workload to much for her and her department under her leadership to deal with? With this revelation, Margaret Ritchie, while not doing her job is stopping the DSD Committee from doing its job.

'Over the past months we have seen that Margaret Ritchie's department has lost over £40m of child maintenance, has so far failed to deliver the promised mortgage rescue scheme for home owners and as the year approaches it's final quarter has not stated whether 1,500 social houses will be built this year as detailed in the current budget.

'This of of particular concern in my own constituency of North Belfast with a massive housing waiting list, of which 83% is from the nationalist community. This has been an ongoing housing crisis in the north of the city and one which, so far, Margaret Ritchie has not been up to tackling.' CRÍOCH

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