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Equality and quangoes top of Sinn Féin RPA agenda

26 February, 2006

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Review of Public Administration, South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has said that a strong legal framework on equality, power-sharing and democratic accountability for the structures that arise from the Review of Public Administration will be at the top of the agenda when a Sinn Féin delegation meet with British direct rule Minster Jeff Rooker tomorrow, Monday 27th February, at 3pm at Stormont for an update on progress across a broad range of issues.

Speaking ahead of the meeting Mr Maskey said:

"Sinn Féin have welcomed many of the aspects of the Review of Public Administration, particularly the 7 council model, but only on the basis that there is a strong legal framework to ensure equality, power-sharing and accountability.

"It is essential that all of the structures that are put in place as a result of the review are both efficient and effective and deliver services that represent not just value for money but are also built upon a legally enforceable framework of equality.

"It is important that the system of checks and balances that Sinn Fein argued for deliver genuine power-sharing and protect the rights of all equally across all local government structures.

"In particular we look forward to getting an update on the issue of quangoes. Along with a legal framework on equality and power sharing the issue of quangoes is at the top of our agenda. There continue to be concerns about the failure to address the problem of quangoes and the democratic deficit that has been created by the over dependence of this form of governance." ENDS

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