O'Dowd challenges SDLP to debate budget
Sinn Féin MLA and Education Minister John O'Dowd has challenged SDLP Minister Mark H Durkan to a debate on the budget and the party's stance on health cuts.
The Upper Bann MLA said;
"SDLP representatives have either not read the draft budget or do not understand that it relates to the year 2015 to 2016 rather than the current financial year.
"The draft budget supported by Sinn Fein on October 30th protected health spending.
"It also allocated an additional £200 million to the health service.
"The SDLP voted against these measures without offering any alternative proposals.
"I am calling for the party's sole Executive member to a public debate during which I intend to challenge the SDLP on the inaccuracy of their self-serving claims."