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Some might suggest the SDLP are afraid of allowing the Executive to deliver - Anderson

20 January, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly today compared a piece of legislation in the Assembly, aimed at allowing the Executive to react quickly and bring forward financial help for those affected by the likes of flooding or other crisis, to the Special Powers Act.

Commenting on her rant, Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson said:

"It has been clear for some time now that there are those within the SDLP and the UUP who, in their unwillingness to recognise the democratic decision made by the people at the last election or the transformed political landscape which resulted from that election, have increasingly lost all perspective.

"Today, these parties have set their heads against a piece of legislation to allow the Executive, of which they are members, to respond quickly and effectively to difficult circumstances such as flooding, the meat crisis or fuel poverty issues, and bring forward aid to those who need it most.

"Bizarrely Dolores Kelly attempted to justify her stance by comparing this piece of financial legislation to the Special Powers Act. This view may very well emanate from the fact that the SDLP and UUP are increasingly afraid of this Executive delivering because the last one, of which they were the central parties, didn't." CRÍOCH

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