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British Secretary of State urged to allocate Stormont offices to allow Assembly members to 'get on with the job'

18 December, 2003


Sinn Féin Assembly group leader, Newry Armagh Assembly member Conor Murphy has written to the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy urging him to allocate offices to MLA's at Stormont to allow them to get on with job they were elected to do.

Mr Murphy said:

"Sinn Féin have consistently argued that the British government's suspension of the institutions should be lifted to allow MLA's to get on with the job for which they were elected. Gerry Adams raised the issue of office accommodation and facilities for Assembly members in the immediate aftermath of the Assembly election with Mr Murphy.

"I have also raised this with senior officials at Stormont and have been told that they are waiting for instruction from the British Secretary of State to allow MLA's access to individual offices and other facilities.

"The refusal to allocate offices suggests that the British government are not serious about lifting suspension.

"These are offices that are lying empty and unused - it would cost nothing to allocate office accommodation. It is unfair to restrict the ability of elected representatives to do business with other political parties, organisations and constituents. It is also important that MLA's are in a position to effectively scrutinise legislation and policy decisions being taken by direct rule ministers.

"Mr Murphy should act as soon as possible and allow MLA's to get on with the job and as much of the work as possible that the public so clearly want us to do." ENDS

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