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Murphy - UUP 'shadow committees' dismissed as shallow

12 January, 2004


Sinn Féin Assembly team leader, Newry Armagh MLA Conor Murphy has dismissed suggestion from UUP MLA David McNarry for the establishment of shadow committees and said that this proposal would provide no real accountability and indeed would provide cover for NIO ministers.

Mr Murphy said:

"What we need is suspension lifted We need to get the real Assembly committee structures in place that can hold ministers fully to account.

"This proposal actually lets ministers off the hook. A shadow committee structure would not have the statutory powers to hold people to account. There is no basis for it in legislation or in the Good Friday Agreement."ENDS

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