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An MEP should only be an MEP – Cllr Maskey

21 October, 2009

Sinn Féin Belfast City Councillor Conor Maskey has questioned when Democratic Unionist MEP for the Six Counties Diane Dodds will adhere to her frequent, and very public promises to give up her council seat if elected to the EU Parliament.

Speaking from City Hall today Cllr Maskey said;

“In the run up to the European Elections, the Democratic Unionist candidate Diane Dodds gave several public, often televised committments to give up her council seat if elected to Europe. As yet, this has not taken place.

I am curious to know how an MEP for the whole of the Six Counties, can still remain a Belfast City Councillor?

I think the DUP should explain to the electorate why this situation remains and when they will resolve it.

For Sinn Féin’s part, our party has a policy of ending dual mandates and just at the last full council meeting we welcomed the co-option of Caoimhín Mac Giolla Mhín in place of Paul Maskey who remains and MLA.

I think the public are demanding more from political parties and Sinn Féin is determined to end this process; despite making promises it seems the DUP are acting otherwise.” CRÍOCH

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