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Rate exemption must extend to all community facilities

7 October, 2005


Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann John O'Dowd has said that rate exemptions for non-profit making organisations should be applied across the board to the full spectrum of community, voluntary and amateur sporting organisations.

Mr O'Dowd raised the issue yesterday in talks with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair in London.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"Any moves to introduce Rate exemptions for non-profit making organisations should be applied across the board to the full spectrum of community, voluntary and amateur sporting organisations.

"It is essential that this rate exemption would be fully equality proofed.

"I raised this matter with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair today in our talks at Downing Street and I am keen to see progress made on these matters in the time ahead." ENDS

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