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SDLP opposition to inclusion on Moyle Council challenged

29 June, 2004

Moyle Sinn Féin Councillor Oliver McMullan has accused the SDLP of 'running away from basic principles of inclusiveness and fair play'. Cllr. McMullan's comments come after the SDLP group on Moyle council again refused to support the council adopting d'Hondt as a mechanism for allocating Chairs and Vice Chairs.

Cllr. McMullan said:

"Last night Sinn Féin once again proposed that Moyle council adopt d'Hondt as a mechanism for allocating senior positions on the council. This was done to ensure fair play and to guarantee an inclusive council chamber.

"The SDLP on the council refused to support the adoption of d'Hondt and decided to abstain on the vote. The SDLP as a party seem to be in a complete state of disarray on this issue. Only last week the SDLP councillors in Lisburn were demanding such a system yet on Moyle they act to ensure that it is blocked. Do the SDLP support sharing council positions on the basis of inclusiveness and fair play or do they not.

"This is a very serious matter for the SDLP to deal with. On Moyle their actions are ensuring that the combined unionist bloc is able to prevent fair play and continue a policy of discrimination against Sinn Féin." ENDS

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