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DUP can follow up on Executive commitment by power-sharing in Lisburn Council

18 April, 2007


Sinn Féin Lagan Valley MLA and leader of the Sinn Féin grouping on Lisburn Council Cllr Paul Butler will ask the DUP for face-to-face talks to discuss establishing power sharing on Lisburn Council.

Commenting on the proposal Cllr Butler said:

"We want to discuss with the DUP the establishment of power sharing arrangements at this year's AGM, which will be held at the end of June. We also want to discuss how both parties can work together on Lisburn council in partnership politics for the good of all the citizens in Lisburn. It is time for Lisburn Council to end its exclusion of the largest nationalist party in Lagan Valley.

"Sinn Féin have proposed a motion to Lisburn Council calling for the introduction of power-sharing following the agreement between Sinn Féin and the DUP's leadership on the need for a power-sharing Executive at Stormont. This is an opportunity for the DUP to support the introduction of power-sharing on councils across the six counties.

"Now that agreement between the DUP and Sinn Féin on power-sharing at Stormont has been achieved there is the opportunity to build on that progress at a local level and an opportunity to create shared political institutions across the north and beyond.

"Such a move would be a welcome and an important bridge-building gesture for nationalists. The DUP, and MP Jeffrey Donaldson in Lisburn, can demonstrate their commitment to power-sharing by taking immediate steps ahead of this year's AGM to bring an end to the politics of exclusion and dominance, long associated with Lisburn Council. We will be introducing a motion for this month's Council meeting and will be expecting unanimous support." ENDS

Note to Editors

Paul Butler wrote to Lisburn Council on April 13th giving notice of a motion to council for the agenda of the council's monthly meeting on 24th April 2007. The motion reads:

'Sinn Fein welcomes the decision by the DUP to support the establishment of a power-sharing Executive as part of the deal reached between Sinn Fein and the DUP. We would propose that this Council take immediate steps to formally introduce the d'hondt principle for the allocation of Council posts (Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Council Chairpersons and Vice-Chairpersons as well as appointments to external bodies) ahead of this year's AGM, consistent with the universal acceptance of power-sharing between all the parties as represented on Lisburn Council.'

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