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Sinn Féin responds to Poots on RPA

13 November, 2009


Responding to the comments by DUP Environment Minister, Edwin Poots, on his leaked letter to the deputy First Minister and First Minister about local government reform, Sinn Féin MLA Paul Butler said:

“In his letter, Edwin Poots has now coupled his demand to gerrymander one small section of Boundary Commission recommendations with threats to crash the entire process of local government reform.

“Sinn Féin will not tolerate selfish unionist attempts to interfere with boundaries that were independently redrawn.

“Observers will surely question whether a conflict of interest exists for Edwin Poots in holding the entire RPA process to ransom over the single demand that one boundary affecting his own Lisburn constituency should be changed.”ENDS

Editor’s Note:

  • Edwin Poots letter to OFMdFM this week was headed “Local Government Boundaries”
  • Poots’ letter states: “If agreement cannot be achieved in relation to local government boundaries by the date of the next Executive… the consequence of that would the collapse of the reform process as currently constituted”.

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