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Murphy – two of everything on this Island unaffordable and waste of public finances

19 October, 2010


Speaking in advance of tomorrow’s All-Ireland Council meeting in Armagh City and the British Government’s Spending Review announcement, Sinn Féin Minister for Regional Development Conor Murphy MP, MLA has laid out how Sinn Féin think the island can recover from the recession going forward.

He said, “Duplication and overlapping of services on an island with a population of only 6.2m people is wasteful, too expensive and completely inefficient.”

“We have two of everything, including education, health and transport systems, competing enterprise bodies bidding for foreign investment abroad, and segregated public administrations.”

“Sinn Féin believes that it is critical that we continue to deliver frontline public services in health, education and transport; invest in capital infrastructure projects, but to do so needs a complete rethink on how things are currently done.”

“Where All-Ireland collaboration is already occurring between the Executive and Irish Government it is proving to save money and deliver. An example is the planned A5 Aughnacloy to Derry and A8 Belfast to Larne motorways which are being jointly financed and will provide better linkages across the island for citizens, freight transport from and to our ports, support All-Ireland trade and provide jobs.”

“We believe the British Tory-led coalition is adopting the wrong approach by cutting its way out of recession and that we must in fact adopt a smart approach which means investing now to save long-term.”

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