Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said Alex Attwood’s comments following the publication of Professor Eileen Evason’s welfare mitigation proposals are simply bizarre.
Raymond McCartney said;
“It is bizarre that Alex Attwood is welcoming the proposals put forward by Professor Eileen Evason and her panel when his party voted against the recent agreement and the budget, which will fund the mitigations.
“The SDLP rejected the Fresh Start Agreement which contains the half billion pounds welfare mitigation package worked on by Professor Evason and her panel of experts.
“They also voted against the budget which provides the funding for Eileen Evason’s mitigation package and have now in an extraordinary twist backed the panel’s report.
“This is cynicism of the worst type. The SDLP is clearly talking out of both sides of its mouth, and their increasingly negative role in local politics demonstrates a clear lack of direction.”