Sinn Féin and DUP agree education fight back
Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson, West Belfast MLA Michael Ferguson welcomed the DUP decision to incorporate his Amendment without any fuss at last nights Lisburn City Council monthly meeting. Michael Ferguson was concerned that the DUP motion was vague and open to interpretation and that the terms of engagement on the Education Library Board had to be predicated on outright opposition and accountability. Commenting upon the situation Cllr Michael Ferguson said,
"It was important that we are all singing from the same hymn sheet. Sinn Féin and the DUP have the largest amount of representatives nominated to Boards and we need to ensure that we are in agreement on the terms of our opposition. This was arrived at without any undue fuss last night.
"It is crucial that engagement with the Boards is about forcing if necessary the British Government to run the shambles themselves. The crisis does however highlight the need for us to reach agreement and trigger our own institutions and run the education system from a local Assembly." ENDS
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Note to Editors
Notice of Motion:
'In view of the fact that the Department of Education have a new Minister in charge who has indicated she is prepared to negotiate on the budgeting problems being encountered by the Education Boards, that the Council appointees to the South Education Library Boards take their seats on the basis that they will abide by the Council's recommendations.'
Alderman Edwin Poots
'That this Council's membership on the SEELB seek a halt to the proposed cuts in the Education budget, further cuts and redundancies and that any votes carried out by Council members are publicly recorded.'
Cllr Michael Ferguson