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SDLP’s big idea on car parking is to privatise it – Boylan

15 March, 2011 - by Cathal Boylan

Sinn Féin MLA for Newry & Armagh and DRD Committee member Cathal Boylan has today said that the SDLP are simply playing politics with the issue of parking charges.

Speaking today Cathal said;

“This proposal from the Department for Regional Development is about generating additional revenue, unfortunately that is the difficult reality facing departments following the £4 Billion cut to the Block Grant by the Tories in London.

It is ironic when you consider that last week the SDLP voted against a Budget that gave the Department an additional £116.7 million; it is doubly ironic when you consider that in their much self lauded economic proposals the SDLP simply wanted to privatise these same car parks thereby handing the money over, not to the Executive but to private companies. And when you add to that the fact that the SDLP didn’t even bother to turn up, let alone vote, during a debate on the Public Transport Reform Bill, it soon becomes very clear how serious they are about this issue.

Under the leadership of Conor Murphy we have seen unprecedented investment in our roads infrastructure and in public transportation; just yesterday we saw the arrival of 20 brand new trains which represents an £114million commitment by the Department to improve and modernise rail services for passengers across the North. On top of the £81m investment in 23 trains in 2005 - this means that all the older trains currently in service will be replaced.

So the SDLP have been very good at telling us what they don’t want but not so forthcoming in telling us how we go about solving the problems faced by us all given the current economic circumstances.

I think people will see this for what it is, yet another electoral grandstanding from the SDLP in order to get their spokesperson on everything, some airtime.” CRÍOCH

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