Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy has today accused the environment minister Mark H Durkan of acting in bad faith on the issue of election posters on the route of Giro d’Italia.
“I took part in a meeting with the environment minister where I and members of other parties discussed the possibility of a voluntary ban on posters during Giro,” said the Mid Ulster MP.
“During the meeting we asked the minister for clarification on how the scheme could be implemented and how to deal with breaches.
“The minister made it clear that he wanted to do away with election posters altogether.
“I asked the minister what he proposed to do with illegal flags and paramilitary emblems hanging from lamp-posts during Giro.
“I said it would be illogical to tackle expressions of open democratic expression while ignoring the elephant in the room.
“The minister said he would call another meeting to further discuss the issue.
“Therefore it smacks of more than a little cynicism on the minister’s part to make this announcement on the first day of the Assembly’s recess.” ENDS/CRÍOCH