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SDLP challenged over support for Orange Order

26 April, 2006

Sinn Féin East Derry MLA Francie Brolly has challenged local SDLP MLA John Dallat to come clean over the party's position on financial support for the Orange Order after that it emerged that despite Mr Dallat criticising the NI Events company for financially supporting the Orange Order that he along with SDLP colleagues on Coleraine Council voted to allocate £10,000 of ratepayers money towards local Orange Order events.

Mr Brolly said:

"When John Dallat says that it is inappropriate for the Events company to financially support Orange Order activities under the banner of tourism and that the money could be better spent elsewhere there is a certain amount of agreement between the SDLP and Sinn Fein.

"However, Mr Dallat cannot have his cake and eat it. It appears a little hypocritical to adopt this position in relation to the NI Events Company when John and his SDLP colleagues voted with the DUP and UUP on Coleraine Council to allocate 10,000 of ratepayers money to cover Orange Order 'festival activities' leading up to and including the 12 July." ENDS

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