Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

The SDLP should apologise - Lynch

Published: 11 November, 2014

The SDLP should apologise to a number of groups behind vital community and regeneration projects across Fermanagh following comments by the party's West Belfast MLA Alex Attwood, local Sinn Fein MLA Sean Lynch has insisted.

Mr Lynch, who was a member of the Western Social Investment Fund Steering Group, said:

"During a radio interview this week, Alex Attwood launched an insulting and inaccurate attack, questioning the integrity of key projects and services working for the people of this area.

"Threatening to remove funding from projects which received funds from the Social Investment Fund, Alex Attwood told BBC Radio that the SDLP were 'going to be tough on £80million being managed by the Sinn Fein and DUP First and deputy First Minister which in the great part is going to their favoured loyalist and republican projects.'

"That is an outrageous slur.

"The Social Investment Fund has been directed at projects in areas of high social deprivation which are aimed at improving the lives of the people who live there.

"In this area, projects such as the scheme of work that resulted in the refurbishment and extension of Fermanagh House has benefited from significant investment.

"As well as pending applications from "Halls Together Now" - a bid for the refurbishment of St Macartin's Church Hall and a number of community applications right throughout Fermanagh, to facilitate the improvement of services offered to the area.

"Is the SDLP saying that they would remove this funding as part of their 'get tough' policy? Is the SDLP saying that all these projects are republican or loyalist fronts?

"The SDLP should apologise to the groups involved immediately and they should lift the threat to oppose their funding."