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Dallat knows that rates increases are an SDLP legacy

13 October, 2004

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson, Mid Ulster MLA Francie Molloy has said that the lame attempt by SDLP man John Dallat to blame rates increases on Sinn Féin and the DUP is nothing short of delusional nonsense.

Mr Molloy said:

"The lame attempt of John Dallat to try and pin the blame on Sinn Féin and the DUP for rates increases is nothing short of delusional nonsense.

"John Dallat well knows that the Reform and Reinvestment Initiative negotiated by his party leader Mark Durkan and David Trimble in secret in London with Gordon Brown included a commitment to increase the money taken from people in the Six Counties.

"It was the SDLP, when the Executive was up and functioning, that paved the way for huge increases in rates and the attempt to impose a water tax now being implemented by British direct rule Ministers. No one else is to blame but the SDLP and UUP. This is why I dubbed the rates increase the Durkan Tax and the Water Charges the Farren Tax.

"For the SDLP to fall back on this silly line about problem parties is to ignore the reality that it is the attempts of the DUP to undermine the Good Friday Agreement that is holding up progress on re-establishing the political institutions. This really is the case of yet more pathetic spin and dishonesty from the SDLP." ENDS

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