Unhealthy goings-on at DUP conference
Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey said that the DUP plan to charge people £50 to attend a Health Workshop at their party conference next week raises serious concerns.
“The idea that you have people paying to have their opinions heard by a government minister is absolutely ridiculous. In my opinion it is ethically and politically unacceptable.
“We are striving in the North to having a democratic, accessible and open form of government, not a pay-per-view version of it. This is introducing the Galway Tent style of activity into politics here, something which led to the downfall of Fianna Fail and symbolised corruption in politics.
“A Minister should be available to meet anyone when it is possible without putting a price-tag on it. The review of the health service should also be open to all submissions and not at the cost of £50 a head nor at a party political conference.”