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Use of petition of concern by DUP is "absolute nonsense" - Brady

5 September, 2014 - by Mickey Brady

Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady said tonight that the DUP’s decision to issue a petition of concern to stop a vote to note a report on its minister Nelson McCausland was “absolute nonsense”.

The Sinn Féin member of the Social Development Committee said it would draw even greater attention to the debate on Monday.

Mickey Brady said:

“Monday’s debate is simply to note the report on allegations raised in a BBC Spotlight programme on the awarding of Housing Executive contracts.

“The use of a petition of concern by the DUP is incredulous and is an absolute nonsense.

“This debate is being held for the Assembly to note the report on the awarding of Housing Executive contracts, not to take sanctions or to rule on it.

“In this instance the use of a petition of concern smacks of desperation. It will have no affect whatsoever other than to draw more attention to the debate.

“Regardless of the DUP attempts to affect the voting on this motion, the Assembly will hear the debate, it will be televised and it will be recorded into the minutes by Hansard. 

“This only adds to the DUP’s track record of using petitions of concern for narrow party political interests.

“The only conclusion that will be drawn by the public is that the DUP may have something to hide by blocking the Assembly voting on this motion.” 

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