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Sinn Féin welcomes Nigel Dodds getting on with his job – O’Dowd

9 October, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA and the party's Assembly group leader John O'Dowd has welcomed the fact that Finance Minister Nigel Dodds has got on with his job and announced he will be allocating almost £50 million in government funds.

Mr O'Dowd said,

"It's nice to see that Nigel Dodds has moved from deliberately misleading people that he could not allocate these funds and cynically blaming Sinn Fein on this; to now using urgent procedures in order to utilise these much needed finances, something joint First Minister Martin McGuinness proposed a number of weeks back.

The DUP position that Sinn Féin are in some way holding the Executive hostage has now clearly been exposed as a myth. It indicates very clearly that as opposed to getting on with the job of allocating this money for the betterment of citizens, Nigel Dodds was prepared to go before the media and claim he couldn't because Sinn Féin were holding the Executive up.

It is a cause of deep concern that the DUP seem prepared to be so flippant with economic issues of deep concern to people in their everyday lives."


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