[Sinn Fein]

18th March 2003

Review of Public Administration thrown into disarray by suspension

Former Chairperson of the Assembly Finance and Personnel Committee, Mid Ulster MLA Francie Molloy has expressed concern that the urgent need for the review into local government and the review of public administration has been thrown into disarray by the suspension of the political institutions.

Mr Molloy said:

``There is a real and urgent need to press ahead with the review of local government and the review of public administration. My concern is that these two crucial reviews have been thrown into total disarray and that an already lengthy process will be further delayed, possibly by another 12 months.

``Without doubt there are too many layers of bureaucracy across all levels of government and there are far too many powers delegated to unaccountable quangos. We need to challenge these poor models of democratic accountability and put in place effective layers of government that allow full participation, clear accountability and deliver both value for money and good government that meets the needs of our society.

``Powers were stripped away from local government because of the corruption and political bankruptcy and bigoted discrimination of unionism. We need to ensure that the disease of quangoism and cronyism is cut out of governance.''

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