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Tandragee UUP advice centre to close as panel rules ‘only one office per MLA’

Armagh and Newry MLA Danny Kennedy

Newry and Armagh Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy has announced that his constituency advice centre in Tandragee will close from Friday.

The recently re-elected Assemblyman said he regretted the decision but it was one which had been forced upon himself.

He has also offered assurances that his constituency office in Markethill will remain open.

Mr Kennedy said: “I am very disappointed that, due to decisions taken by the Independent Financial Review Panel into Assembly Salaries and Expenses, only one constituency office for each individual member of the NI Assembly is now allowed, and consequently I have been forced to make the difficult decision to close my office in the centre of Tandragee.

“I fully understand the disappointment and frustration of my constituents in the Tandragee area regarding the closure of this busy office, but the determination by the independent panel left me with no other option and I have reluctantly taken the difficult decision to close the office.

“A full and comprehensive constituency service will be maintained from my Markethill office at 47 Main Street Markethill.

“The contact telephone number is 028 3755 2831 and I can be contacted by email at Danny.kennedy@mla.niassembly.gov.uk where my staff and I will continue to deal with constituency problems and issues and conduct constituency surgeries and appointments.

“I am determined to ensure that we continue to provide a first class constituency service to the electors of Newry & Armagh and I thank them again for the support I received in the recent Assembly election. I will continue to work hard and represent my constituents in a positive manner.”

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