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Nationalists will never forget reasons for McCrory Report

15 October, 2004


Sinn Fein Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has said that the Review of Public Administration must take full recognition of the reasons for the changes brought following the publication of the McCrory Report in the early 70's.

Ms Gildernew said:

"The history of unionist abuse on local government led to the recommendations published in the McCrory Report that stripped powers from local government and led to the creation of new councils to give a genuine voice for nationalists at local government level.

"Nationalists throughout the Six Counties will not forget the reasons for the McCrory Report. It is vital that the Review of Public Administration take full recognition of the reasons for the changes brought following the publication of the McCrory Report in the early 70's.

"This means that there must be statutory equality safeguards and protections in the deliver of services through local government and that we need to see the d'Hondt mechanism for power sharing also given statutory recognition.

"The behaviour of unionists on councils where the have dominance today demands nothing les than strong equality protections. The Review of Public Administration must not forget the history of unionist abuse of power of the continuing refusal of unionists to share power on councils today." ENDS

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