The fight against Tory cuts continues: SF MLA

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Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney says 2012 will be a year in which his party continues to fight Tory cuts.

In his New Year message, the Foyle MLA also reflects on what has happened in 2011.

“Over the last year there has been a series of elections, both locally and nationally, which saw the Sinn Féin vote continue to grow.

“It was a vote of confidence in our leadership, representation and delivery and for us to move forward and continue to provide leadership in the fields of education, rural development, economic prosperity, the arts, culture and sport.

“At the Assembly in 2012 we will continue to fight Tory cuts and ensure that we protect the most vulnerable in our society and protect front line services through innovative measures such as the new Social Investment Fund. It will help address dereliction, promote physical regeneration of deprived areas, improve pathways to employment and tackle deprivation in communities.

“We will continue our work to offset the regional imbalances in social, economic and infrastructure investment through the One Plan and the Programme for Government; build and sustain the investment decisions made by Conor Murphy in relation to the road, rail network and the airport, the lifting of the ban on investment on the Derry to Coleraine rail line, to the delivering of the required funding to upgrade it.

“We will also ensure that all our children have equal opportunity to reach their potential and have an education system fit for the needs of our children in the 21st century.

“I would like to congratulate Derry City FC on their achievements this season and pledge to continue to work for the Brandywell. I would like to convey my best wishes to Stephen Kenny on his new venture. Stephen was a good servant for the city and should be viewed as Derry losing a friend.

“Finally, my wife Rose and I will be signing up to Líofa 2015 and are hoping that our son Conchúr will keep us on our toes on this pledge. I would encourage as many people as possible in Derry to sign up to Líofa 2015 and make learning Irish their New Year’s resolution.”