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Sinn Fein set to take top post at NILGA

16 September, 2004

Sinn Féin Dungannon councillor Francie Molloy MLA will be officially appointed as President of NILGA on Friday, September 17th, at the AGM in the Craigavon Civic Centre.

Speaking ahead of the appointment Mr Molloy said:

"It is an honour to take over as President of NILGA in what will be a very challenging year ahead. There are many pressing issues facing local government in the coming months. The Review of public administration will have major implications for our members and NILGA will ensure that local democracy and local accountability is not undermined. The impact of proposals on rates reform and the introduction of water charging will also prove to be very contentious.

"Ten years ago few would have believed that a Sinn Fein representative would today be set to become the President of NILGA. This is the successful fulfilment of d'Hondt.

"It sends out a very clear message that Sinn Féin, the SDLP, the UUP and even the DUP can work within a worker sharing mechanism. IT is important for the future of local democracy that we see this support for power sharing implemented across all local government structures and in the institutions arising out of the Good Friday Agreement.

"Power sharing can work. It has worked. The development of sound democratic accountability in our divided society is dependent on power sharing." ENDS

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