Continued confusion within Unionism leading to further delay on RPA
Commenting after decision at today’s Executive meeting to put back a decision on the future of the Review of Public Administration (RPA) for two weeks, Sinn Féin’s spokesperson Alex Maskey MLA this evening said;
“Sinn Féin’s position in relation to this issue has been consistently clear; we are opposed to the duplication of administration and we want to see the savings that will flow from the reduction to eleven councils take place immediately.
The confused position from Unionism on this matter is causing deep concern amongst the wider community.
There is no justification for 26 local Councils in the context of a functioning Assembly and Executive. Significant work has been done to prepare for the RPA implementation over the past few years. This work has impacted on almost every area of the public sector.
What we need is a decision to move ahead on the 11 council model. We need to proceed to elections early next year to the new Council configuration.
Sinn Féin is about seeking investment in our economy, about defending front lines services. We are about effective use of public monies and the reduction of duplication of administration, be that between the Executive and local councils or government departments across Ireland.” CRÍOCH