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DUP letting down economic interests

8 May, 2006

Sinn Féin economy spokesperson, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA has said that the DUP are living in cloud cuckoo land if they think that there is anyway that local elected representatives will be in a position to make progress on the economy unless there is a power-sharing Executive. Mr McLaughlin's comments came after an address by David Simpson to the Institute Of Directors in Belfast when he claimed that the DUP would make economic progress in the absence of power sharing institutions.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"It is sad that the DUP are trying to mislead people that an Assembly without an Executive will be in a position to make progress on the economy.

"It will be the DUP, if they refuse to buy into the power-sharing Executive, that everyone else wants to see up and running, that will be letting down economic interests.

"No-one should be under any illusion. The DUP aspiration for a talking shop would be bad for everyone. It is only with the power to actually take decisions that there will be any hope of economic progress. To suggest that an expensive forum for airing concerns would make a difference is nonsense.

"The DUP need to stop living in cloud cuckoo land and recognise that only through an Executive where locally accountable ministers are in a position to take decisions and locally accountable Assembly members can hold these decisions up to full scrutiny will there be progress.

"Plotting a way forward is about more than sharing good ideas or even finding cross party consensus. It is about setting a programme for government and determining our own priorities not just seeking to influence an agenda set in Whitehall.

"It is also clear that we need to see further progress on the all Ireland agenda and the opportunities for economic development that are there." ENDS

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