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Causeway U-turn welcomed

29 January, 2008

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said that the Environment Minister had no other option but to complete an embarrassing u-turn and change her 'minded' decision to approve a planning application for a Visitors Centre at the Giants Causeway.

Mr McKay said:

"There is no doubt that there was serious pressure on the Environment Minister to make an announcement on the controversial planning application for a Visitors Centre at the Giants Causeway, and I have no doubt that last week's decision by the Environment Committee to forward a Section 44 request to the Speaker of the House - the first time a Committee has ever made such a request - has a lot to do with the Minister's statement today.

"In that context I every much welcome the Minister's decision today. Arlene Foster really had no other option but to change her 'mind'.

"Private Sector development of the Causeway's Visitor Centre is not the way forward and I think that both the Environment Minister and the Enterprise Minister should accept defeat and move forward with the publicly funded application.

"This has been a very damaging and embarrassing episode for the Democratic Unionist Party and this turnaround by the Environment Minister should be viewed as a significant defeat for the DUP's Ian Paisley Junior as well as the DUP's Seymour Sweeney." ENDS

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