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SDLP vote against money for departments ‘daft and dangerous’

10 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Chief Whip, North Belfast MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has described the decision of the SDLP to vote against the 'Supply Resolution' in the Assembly today as both daft and dangerous.

The Supply Resolution is the mechanism to release money, already agreed in the budget, into the departments. Without this the departments would run out of money by the summer recess as they run out of cash reserves meaning that they would be unable to deliver any of their services or programmes or pay any staff wages.

Ms Ní Chuilín said:

"It is reaching the point of absurdity when one of the Executive parties votes against money for one of their own ministers. In effect the SDLP today were voting against money for the Department of Social Development, Education and Health. If the Supply Resolution had not passed the consequences would have been dire - departments would have soon run out of money to deliver services or pay wages.

"The grandstanding of the SDLP today was daft, irresponsible and dangerous. Daft because the budget had already been agreed and dangerous because if successful this stunt would have brought government to a shuddering halt.

"The SDLP seem to become more confused with every passing day. The only constant being the disinformation campaign that is bordering on obsessive. Parties have to stand for more than opposition to Sinn Féin. There is much we agree on but sadly the SDLP seems be losing touch with political realities." ENDS

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