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New Council boundaries will be ‘studied in detail’

17 September, 2008


Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey commenting on the publication of the draft boundaries for the 11 new councils has said that the party will study the detail of the proposed changes and the implications on the effective representation of communities within the new council areas.

Mr Maskey said:

"We will study the detail of these proposed changes to the new boundaries to look at their implications on the effective representation of communities within the new council areas.

"The key issue for Sinn Féin is how local councils are governed in the future, including the protection of minority communities. Still today in some local councils, such as Lisburn and Coleraine, unionists operate the politics of exclusion.

"Sinn Féin's focus throughout the Review of Public Administration (RPA) has been to reduce bureaucracy; to have strong legal protections for minorities and an end to the politics of exclusion through power-sharing; and to ensure genuine community involvement in decision making through Community Planning.

"We need to see streamlined and efficient and effective local government that delivers for its citizens, where there are cohesive communities and a balance that supports effective representation.

"The most important local government issues are about the way they operate, what services they deliver and how they deliver for rate payers. It is critical that we get a system of local government which allows all sections of the community to participate and work together successfully." ENDS

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