19 April 2007 Edition

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SF Assembly Chairs and vice-Chairs announced

John O'Dowd

John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin Assembly Group leader John O'Dowd MLA has confirmed the party nominations as Chairs and Vice Chairs of the various Assembly Statutory and Standing Committees.
Commenting on the nominations John O'Dowd said:
“I am confident that we have a well-balanced and experienced team of MLA's who will scrutinise departmental decision making and ensure that there is open and accountable government that benefits everyone in our society. Our job is to make sure that there is good decision making with genuine participation and good value for money. We need to look at how and why decisions have been taken and ensure that all legislation, policy and financial decisions are based on Equality.
“Sinn Féin will also look to expand and develop the all-Ireland agenda, particularly to ensure that we get better delivery of services and access in border areas and economies of scale that can free up public expenditure.”

Sinn Féin Committee Chairs

•    West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff – Culture, Arts and Leisure
•    South Antrim MLA Mitchel McLaughlin – Finance and Personnel
•    West Belfast MLA Sue Ramsey – Employment and Learning
•    Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd – Public Accounts Committee

Sinn Féin Committee Vice Chairs

•    Newry Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan – Environment
•    Mid Ulster MLA Michelle O'Neill – Health, Social Services and Public Safety
•    West Belfast MLA Paul Maskey – Enterprise, Trade and Investment
•    Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA Gerry McHugh – Standards and Privileges
•    Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney – Institutional Review
North Belfast MLA Caral Ní Chuilin has also been
confirmed as the new Chief Whip

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