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New Sinn Féin President of NILGA

22 September, 2006

Sinn Féin Magherafelt Councillor Sean McPeake is the new President of NILGA. In a statement after his appointment was confirmed today Cllr McPeake set out his vision for the years ahead and said that people are bemused by the fact that the parties can work together in local government yet the Assembly and Executive remain suspended.

In a statement after the event Cllr McPeake said:

"The fact remains that many people out there who I meet in the course of my work are bemused by the fact that all of the parties including my own and the DUP continue to work together at local government level yet the Assembly and Executive remain suspended.

"The public view clearly is that if people can operate in local government together then there seems little logic in adopting a position were local politicians remain excluded from exercising power over the many big challenges which face us - Water Charges, Rates, Education and Health Cuts - the issues we hear from our constituents every day of the week.

"It is my hope that the DUP will come on board with the rest of the parties and sign on for power sharing at Assembly level before November 24th as they have already done on various local councils across the six counties, and that we as local councillors can work closely with a new Executive to improve delivery and services at local level." ENDS

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