Sinn Féin announces changes to Assembly committee positions.
Sinn Fein Assembly Chief Whip Carál Ní Chuilín has announced changes to theSinn Féin line up in a number of Assembly committees.
Ms Ni Chuilín said;
“Sinn Féin has reshuffled the deck in terms of a number of committee places and Chairs and Vice Chairs of Assembly committees.
“Mitchel McLaughlin will be standing down as Chair of the Finance and Personnel committee, Mitchel will remain as Sinn Féin Economy and Finance spokesperson and will be now be able to enter and shape the economic debate without the restriction of Chair of a committee restricting his input.
“West Belfast MLA Jennifer McCann will take over as Chair of the Finance Committee and will continue to bring a grass roots perspective to the work of the finance committee and a realisation that Budget decisions in the Assembly have a direct effect on the budget of every family household.
“As result of Ms Mc Cann’s move to Chair of Financeshe will stand down as Vice Chair of the Enterprise Trade and Investment Committee and will be replaced by Lagan Valley MLA Paul Butler who will bring his wide range of experience in Equality and the need for Government to use its resources to tackle deprivation to the post.
“Mr Butlers move to a Vice Chairs position will mean he has to stand down as amember of the Assembly commission and will be replaced by West Tyrone MLA Pat Doherty who will continue with Sinn Féins Equality agenda within the commission.
Concluding Ms Ní Chuilín said
“The reshuffle will be confirmed at the first available meeting of the Assembly on its return in September and will strengthen Sinn Féins ability to deliver change across a wide range of socio economic issues in the months and years ahead."