Neeson not amused at circumstances of crucial Assembly debate

Alliance Assembly Enterprise Spokesperson Séan Neeson has slammed the Secretary of State’s handling of Assembly business, after it was only confirmed on the evening before the debate that a debate on industrial rates would go ahead.

Speaking in the Assembly Chamber, the East Antrim MLA stated: “All sides are at least agreed on one thing — that this week’s business has been handled appallingly.

“The timing of this debate is a nonsense. I learned about it at 5pm yesterday and I find it a totally unsatisfactory way to run any political institution. I, like many others, had already arranged meetings with constituents and with business organisations.

“This is a very important issue but we have not had the chance to debate it properly.

“I hope the Secretary of State takes note of the remarks made here today.”


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