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Maskey welcomes continued progress on phasing out dual-mandates

9 November, 2010 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin MLA and spokesperson on RPA Alex Maskey has welcomed this evening’s progress on the Bill from Dawn Purvis to bring an end to dual mandates.

Speaking from the Assembly this evening Alex said;

“Sinn Féin believes it is vitally important to bring this process to an end in a speedy and efficient fashion.

Once again the DUP showed either their inability or unwillingness to end dual-mandates, despite their promises to the public prior to the last election.

In recent days the DUP party leader is advocating a series of measures, as he says, designed to cutback waste and save money for the public purse; yet this evening in the Chamber when they have the opportunity to make their own contribution they still want to allow their MLAs to retain their Council seats until the year 2014.

So either the DUP cant deliver their commitment or they wont; they now need to explain why they were the only party in the Assembly to oppose this Bill.” CRÍOCH

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