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Positive signal on Autism Centre 'long overdue'

28 November, 2006


Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson, West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff has
welcomed positive signals given by British direct rule Education Minster 
Maria Eagle on the Middletown Autism Centre and said that this facility
should have been up and running long before now and offering support and
training to people living with and working with autism from across the
island.

Mr McElduff said:

"When this initiative was first brought on stream by Martin McGuinness it
was hailed as ground breaking and everyone living with and working with
autism could see the huge potential benefits that the facility could bring.

"Unfortunately under British direct rule the project has been caught up in
bureaucratic wrangling. My late colleague Michael Ferguson refused to let
successive direct rule ministers off the hook and now we are seeing positive
signals that the waiting is over." ENDS

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