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Dodds ‘misrepresentation’ over September monitoring round dismissed

7 October, 2008

Sinn Féin Assembly Group Leader John O'Dowd MLA has dismissed the comments of DUP Finance Minister Nigel Dodds about the September monitoring round as a 'misrepresentation of the facts'.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"Mr Dodds knows that there is no need for an Executive meeting to sign off on the September monitoring round. A mechanism has already been established to resolve such issues through urgent procedures.

"There has already been agreement on the use of these written procedures. Nigel Dodds has not requested written procedures. He knows that this issue could have been resolved quickly and easily yet he is playing politics with issues such as additional money for Education and the issue of fuel poverty to disguise the failures of the DUP.

"Sinn Fein want to see an Executive meeting as soon as possible. The choice for the DUP and Nigel Dodds is simple; do they support the Agreements upon which the Executive was built or not; are they really up for government at all or not." ENDS

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