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Mass Sinn Féin resignation from Belfast Education Library Board

22 March, 2005

Sinn Féin West Belfast councillor Tom Hartley along with Cllr Danny Lavery, Cllr Gerard O'Neill and Deputy Mayor Cllr Joe O'Donnell have all resigned from the Belfast Education Library Board in opposition to cuts of £7 million.

Speaking after the special meeting of the BELB today Cllr Hartley said:

"Sinn Féin are totally opposed to the £7 million cuts to frontline services on the BELB that will impact on catering, maintenance, transport and the special educational needs services. The most vulnerable children and young people will suffer.

"Sinn Féin will not stand over these cuts. They are the responsibility of Barry Gardiner.

"These are not one off cuts. There will be year on year cuts over the next number of years that will totally decimate vital servivces in the BELB area." ENDS

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