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Progress on Centre for Autism must now gather pace

14 September, 2004

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson, Newry Armagh MLA Davy Hyland speaking after attending the official launch today of the first stage in the development of the Middletown Centre for Autism, has welcomed the progress towards having a fully operational centre to improve and enrich the educational opportunities of children with autistic spectrums disorders.

Mr Hyland said:

"This has been an eagerly awaited day, and with the purchase of the building now completed there should be no further delay getting the centre re modelled and equipped to begin the work of helping all children on the island of Ireland who live with an autistic spectrum disorder.

"This programme of work was put in place by Martin McGuinness is southern counterpart nearly three years ago. Both governments need to get on with the job and to live up to their commitments to deliver on the all Ireland programme of work. There can be no more excuses be made to cover up for lack of activity in this area. It is important that the educational provision, which the Middletown Centre will offer to autistic children, be made available as soon as possible. It is time for the work to begin and the stalling to stop." ENDS

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