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DUP blocking of censure motion unacceptable - Ruane

19 November, 2012 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin MLA and party whip in the Assembly Caitríona Ruane has said that ever increasing use of Petitions of Concerns to block Assembly business is unacceptable.

This follows the submission of a Petition of Concern by the DUP with regards to the Committee for Standards and Privileges report censuring Jim Wells.

Speaking today Ms Ruane said:

“The comments made by Jim Wells to Carál Ní Chuilín and Mary McArdle were wholly unacceptable.

“This was the view of Sinn Féin and was also the view arrived at by the Committee at Standards and Privileges.

“The use ofa Petition of Concern by the DUP to avoid this censure is also unacceptable.

“The DUP are increasingly using and at times abusing the use of Petitions of Concern. This was a mechanism devised to build in protections for relevant communities from legislation that affects them.

“However the DUP are using this mechanism for an ever increasing number of issues that fall outside of these terms.

“Given this and the behaviour of Unionist MLA's in the chamber while debating this report plus the lack of an apology from Jim Wells raises serious questions.

“It indicates a level of contempt from the DUP for the work of this Standards and Privileges Committee and debates in the Assembly when a serious breach of standards in dismissed in such a belligerent and arrogant manner"

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