Dallat: Delighted First Minister has found time to drop in on DVA workers

3 10 2013

 

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The visit to DVA workers in County Hall, Coleraine  by the First Minister Peter Robinson has been warmly welcomed by political rival East Derry SDLP Assembly Member John Dallat who said:

 “This campaign has always been above party politics and no one is happier than I am that the First Minister has found time out of his busy schedule to come and listen to the workers at County Hall, Coleraine and also hear from the staff in local licencing offices who are also facing an uncertain future.

 “I am particularly pleased that Peter Robinson has accepted that this is a cross-party campaign which must be conducted in that way if we are to achieve success for the workers.

 “I understand that Mr Robinson has acknowledged the work of the former Minister for the Environment Alex Atwood and the continuing work of the current holder of that post Mark H Durkan who visited the workers two weeks ago.

 “Last week I was honoured to take part in a debate in Stormont where many of the workers were present in the public gallery and since then plans have been laid for a delegation to go to Westminster where the final decision will be made.

 “Over the last few days the Minister for Justice will have received a detailed dossier outlining many of the security reasons why it would be the height of recklessness to move the DVA Centre out of Coleraine where important data is held and used by both the PSNI and An Garda Siochana to fight criminals who use motor vehicles in cross-border theft, drugs and terror activities.

 “The Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has also been briefed as has the Chief Constable and the Chief Commissioner of the Garda Siocahana.

 “Out of this campaign I hope a lot has been learned about accepting decisions as ‘done deals’.  Yes, the DVLA at Swansea has got a bloody nose and rightly so. 

 “The intervention of the Prime Minister supported by the Irish Government is now needed to bring to a close this unhappy saga which I believe forced political parties to bury their differences and represent people first.”

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