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Flag pole spending deliberately provocative and waste of public money - McKay

7 May, 2013

Sinn Féin MLA for North Antrim and party spokesperson on the economy has stated that Sinn Féin will be seeking legal advice on the DUP Finance Minister, Sammy Wilson, spending £10,000 on 5 flag poles in Belfast.

Speaking today Mr McKay said:

“The move by the DUP’s Finance Minister Sammy Wilson to spend £10,000 of public money on 5 flag poles for Belfast cannot be justified in any logical sense and is deliberately provocative.

“There are extremely pressing issues to be dealt with by the Assembly such as the fiasco around the closure of care homes, the Welfare Reform Bill or creating jobs and employment. All of these are worthy of spending public money on.

“In recent weeks officials from the Department of Finance were in front the Finance and Personnel committee at Stormont explaining that they could not even carry out proper assessment of public sector pension reforms due to the fact that it would cost £10,000 yet the Finance minister can spend that exact amount of money on a divisive pet project.

“Instead of giving issues like this priority the DUP Minister has placed a party political project first.

“On the surface this move appears to breach the Flags Order and Sinn Féin will be seeking legal advice on the matter and in particular on the equality impact that this move could have.”

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