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Still no answers from the DUP on MEP double jobbing – Conor Maskey

5 November, 2009

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor Maskey has once again called on Democratic Unionist MEP for the Six Counties, Diane Dodds, to give a clear indication of when she intends to give up her council seat.

Speaking in Belfast today Cllr Maskey said;

“In the run up to the European election Cllr Dodds gave numerous public, often televised commitments that if elected she would resign from Belfast city council. Given the recent controversy I think citizens expect their elected representatives, particularly those representing the Six Counties, to be fully committed to that position.

Sinn Féin is committed to ending dual-mandates within our party, last month Caoimhín Mac Giolla Mhín replaced Paul Maskey on the council, Paul remains an MLA. It would appear however that despite their public utterances the DUP are reneging on commitments.

I would call, once again, on the DUP to explain the delay in relation to this matter; I have no doubt that people on the ground will continue to ask, whether it be in the Court constituency in Belfast or indeed right across the north, how this MEP is capable of holding both positions without compromising one.” CRÍOCH

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