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Assembly 'failing on key pledges'

Voters believe that the Assembly is failing to deliver on key pledges, a leading MLA has warned.

The SDLP's Declan O'Loan addressed a debate in Parliament Buildings on progress in delivering the Programme for Government.

The North Antrim MLA highlighted failings by the Executive, including over the stalled reform of local government and the education system.

Mr O'Loan said a report detailing the Executive's performance had identified achievements, but he argued that the public wanted to see parties working together to deliver on other key targets.

"I think the whole report if you look at it more broadly does raise the question as to what extent is our Assembly really achieving," he said.

"On a broader front, I think I would mention several issues where I think this Assembly is explicitly not delivering, and I don't do so simply to point-score or debunk, but merely to say that we need to be doing better.

"In relation to growing the economy, three years into our mandate, we are only now working towards creating our own strategy for doing that.

"The issue of reform and modernisation of local government has ground to a halt.

"We have stasis over the transfer process in our schools. Likewise, in the formation of the Education and Skills Authority. The Maze stadium died a death. The whole issue of decentralisation of public sector jobs has not been delivered upon."

He added: "I do think this chimes with the public view of this Assembly that is not fully delivering for the people who elected us."


From Belfast Telegraph