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'I will not be bullied by any minister' - McKay

15 November, 2007

Responding to reports that Arlene Foster is seeking legal advice from departmental legal advisors about the concerns that he has raised about the Giants Causeway VIstors' Centre, North Antrim MLA Daithí McKay has said that he will not be bullied by any minister or distratcted from voicing genuine concerns.

Mr Mc Kay said;

"The role of departmental legal advisors is not to scrutinize the activism and the search for fair play by MLAs. This request by Arlene Foster is a waste of ratepayers money and she is certainly clutching at straws at this stage.

"I shall be lodging a written question to the Department of Finance and Personnnel requesting how a departmental legal advisor could be used at the behest of Arlene Foster to fudge the real issue.

"I shall not be bullied by any minister or distracted from voicing genuine concerns.

"I stand by my statement yesterday. From a Freedom of Information question received it is clear that Minister Foster was 'minded' to approve the private sector application for a Visitors' Centre at least 3 months before she made a statement on the matter and before she had even seen papers regarding the application.

"At this meeting between Nigel Dodds and Arlene Foster 'both Ministers agreed that private sector development of visitor facilities was more desirable and that agreement between the developer and local stakeholders, primarily Moyle Council and the National Trust would represent the ideal scenario'. Deireadh

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