Implementation of RPA a new beginning
Sinn Féin Francie Molloy has said the advent of new super councils brings powers more directly to the people.
Speaking as the new councils officially came into operation Mr Molloy said:
“Sinn Féin’s approach to RPA has been underpinned by the Republican principles of democracy and equality.
“We demanded the Review of Public Administration (RPA) delivered a system which would bring decision making powers closer to the people and make administration more efficient, effective and responsive.
“Given the extra powers devolved local government needs to deliver a wider range of quality services in a timely and equitable manner for the ratepayers from which it serves.
“Powers were stripped 40 years ago from unionist-dominated gerrymandered councils which had abused their powers and discriminated against the nationalist community.
“As republicans we must ensure that the new councils become models of equality, inclusivity and partnership.
“We also must ensure they deliver to the people on the ground and we empower every household to have the confidence to bring forward their ideas so that local government doesn’t become a one-way street.
“The new councillors have their work cut out. However each and every one of Sinn Féin councillors are relishing the challenge of helping to improve the lives of local people by working hard on the ground for their constituents.”