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Attwoods concerns for Royal Exchange project are another SDLP distraction - Ní Chuilín

4 March, 2011 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin MLA for north Belfast and member of the Social Development Committee at Stormont, Carál Ní Chuilín, has stated that the concerns raised by Alex Attwood into the delay of the Royal Exchange project are a distraction to the SDLP’s failure to endorse the budget.

“Alex Attwood is attempting to distract in any way he can from the SDLP’s failure to endorse the budget by utilising any argument he can. He flags up irrational fears about a delay to this project while stating that the project will still go ahead in the same statement. His concerns for the Royal Exchange project are clearly being exaggerated to suit.

“In reality this project has been moved back by only one year, a project which his party leader, Margaret Ritchie, as Social Development Minister, wanted to scrap and move the money into social housing.

“Sinn Féin as a party saw the merits of this project, stood up for it then and protected this vital regeneration scheme. We remain committed to this project.

“What Alex Attwood is not stating is that the money which has been re-allocated has been moved to meet the short fall within health and education. Is Mr Attwood now saying that he disagrees with this approach and would rather see these two key areas suffer as a result?

“The SDLP have been negative for negative sake on this budget and this is another glaring example of that approach.”

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