Murphy accuses Attwood
Sinn Féin Economic Spokesperson, Conor Murphy MP, MLA (Newry/Armagh) has accused Environment Minister, Alex Attwood of putting his Party Leadership bid above implementing the necessary changes to Local government.
Conor Murphy said:
“It was widely anticipated that Alex Attwood would present a paper on the Review of Public Administration (RPA) to the Executive last Thursday 20th October. Following such presentation it was expected that the Minister would have made a statement on his recommendations.
“Since no statement was forthcoming I take it that he did not present the Paper. Clearly Mr Attwood has questions to answer, if indeed he did not present his Paper, why not? If he did present his Paper, why the secrecy around its contents?
“Could it be that the Minister did not bring forward the Paper because he did not want to expose himself to internal party criticism prior to his election bid on November 5th? Or if he did present it and is keeping unusually quiet could it be for the same reason?
“These are questions that Alex Attwood needs to answer now as in all probability his proposals will not now reach the Executive for discussion before his Party Leadership election.
“The implementation of RPA would bring savings of millions of pounds to the Executive over the next few years and I believe that Mr Attwood is stalling due to his own party leadership bid because the agreed way forward doesn't reflect the SDLP position on RPA."It is time for real Leadership Alex, inform the Assembly of your proposals now.”