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Another First

Mark Devenport | 14:42 UK time, Thursday, 7 June 2007


The Ulster Unionists are notching up all the firsts so far as Assembly pyrotechnics go. First David McNarry claimed the prize for first walk out on the Culture Committee. Now Fred Cobain has beaten everyone else to the punch by demanding the resignation of an individual Executive Minister, just a month after the Executive was formed.

Fred is the Chair of the Regional Development Committee and his gripe is that he believes the Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy cut his Committee out of any role in drawing up the terms of reference for a new review of water charges.

The Minister reckons the Committee were just too slow about getting their act together, after having been informed last month of the timescale for launching the water reform review. The Newry and Armagh MP isn't in any mood to step down.

Not just that, but Mr Murphy's party colleague and Regional Development Committee member Raymond McCartney has accused Fred Cobain of "gross incompetence" and "narrow party politicking".

So it looks like Stormont and its Committees are operating pretty much as expected, then...

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  • At 01:28 AM on 08 Jun 2007,
  • DANNY wrote:

*off topic*
has there been any word on NHS Direct being set up in Northern Ireland?

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