Carmel Hanna encouraged to pay more attention to Assembly business
Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson, North Antrim MLA Daithí McKay has said that SDLP member Carmel should pay more attention to Assembly business after claiming the SDLP would table a motion on Sellafield 24 hours Sinn Fein had tabled a motion on the issue.
Mr McKay said:
"Sinn Féin has consistently campaigned for the closure of Sellafield because it is such an important issue for people in Ireland.
"I welcome the SDLP determination to have this debated out at the Assembly. However I would point out that a motion on the issue was already tabled when they ran to the media claiming that they would initiate a debate on this important issue.
"This information was available to any member checking the mail.
"I am sure that we can agreement from all parties on this issue and certainly we will look at the amendment now tabled by the SDLP or indeed any other amendment that adds to the substantive motion favourably.
"At the risk of seeming petty - where Sinn Fein lead the SDLP follow. " ENDS
Note to editors
Sinn Fein motion published in the daily list of motions and proposed amendments, 9 October 2007
That this Assembly expresses concern at the findings of the report on the impact of the Windscale Piles accident at the Sellafield nuclear plant and the implications that this has for the health and well-being of people living on these islands and in Europe; and calls upon the Government to discontinue all operations at the Sellafield nuclear plant.
[Mr D McKay]
[Mr W Clarke]
SDLP amendment published in the daily list of motions and proposed amendments, 10 October 2007
Leave out all after 'Europe' and insert:
'calls upon the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to make public any data which it may have available in relation to this matter; and further calls upon the Government to discontinue all operations at the Sellafield nuclear plant within an agreed timescale, acceptable to the Government of the Republic of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Assembly.'
[Mrs C Hanna]