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Local Government Boundaries continued

The debate on the draft Local Government (Boundaries) Order resumed after Question Time, on 12 June 2012.

The SDLP's John Dallat preferred a 15 council model rather than the proposed 11, saying it would build confidence and offer greater savings.

"The decision to go for an 11 council model is not the best for democracy," he said.

Francie Molloy of Sinn Fein said he hoped to see further powers transferred to the councils in the future.

He was concerned by the idea of a single waste management group for all councils as it could lead to incineration being viewed as the only answer for dealing with waste.

The UUP's Danny Kinahan said he was very concerned by the squabbling he had seen in the chamber.

He described how the proposed council boundaries did not match with parliamentary constituency boundaries.

His party colleague, Ross Hussey spoke against the proposal to place Omagh into a council district with Fermanagh, and Strabane into a council with Londonderry.

He saw this as an attack on County Tyrone.

Mr Hussey advised the minister to "stand up, say sorry and go back to the 26 council model".

He said he would not be voting for the motion.

Joe Byrne of the SDLP was another Tyrone MLA opposed to the proposed arrangements for Omagh and Strabane.

He said the arrangements appeared to have been drawn up on the back of an envelope.

"What academic research has been done into this model?" he asked.

Jim Allister of the Traditional Unionist Voice said he had yet to hear a "single cogent defence" of the 11 council model.

Mr Allister said this "artificially contrived concoction" was a product of "the Sinn Fein-DUP cabal that runs Northern Ireland".

The Fermanagh/Tyrone boundary issue reappeared during interventions to the Environment Minister's final speech, to the annoyance of the Speaker.

"I'm really trying to get the house out of Fermanagh," William Hay commented.

The motion was carried by 59 votes to 26.

You can see the first part of the debate here.


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