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DUP sending mixed message on additional powers - Murphy

15 October, 2014 - by Conor Murphy

Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy has said the DUP is sending out mixed messages on the need for additional powers for the Assembly. 

The Newry and Armagh MP said; 

"The DUP appear to be totally at sea in terms of their attitude to the devolution of additional powers to the Assembly.

"In a debate on the implications of devolution following the Scottish referendum at Westminster on Wednesday, DUP MPs Nigel Dodds and Ian Paisley both argued that devolving additional powers to Scotland would have an effect on the Assembly. 

"They also said the political parties from the North need to be involved in talks on devolution of additional powers. 

"This comes just weeks after their party colleague and fellow MP Sammy Wilson said it would be wrong to devolve extra powers to the Assembly and even advocated handing existing powers back to the Treasury. 

"Sinn Féin has been clear in our call for a full suite of fiscal powers to be transferred to the Assembly. 

"That would give us the ability to grow and develop our own economy, create employment and lift people out of poverty." 

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