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Impact of Crossnacreevy re-valuation - PJ Bradley gets it wrong (again)

9 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson, West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has said that despite the revaluation on the Crossnacreevy site that farmers will not have to foot the expense.

Mr Doherty said:

"PJ Bradley just can't help himself. Yet again he has misunderstood the Crossnacreevy issue. When Michelle Gildernew negotiated a deal with the Finance Department it enabled her to draw down the £90 million needed to fund the Nutrient Management Scheme. Some said she had been short changed because the site was worth £200 million but now it has been revalued at considerably less.

"Farmers will not have to pay for this revaluation and it is wrong for PJ Bradley or any other politician to suggest otherwise.

"However, while this will not impact on the DARD (Department of Agriculture and Rural Development) Budget it will have an impact on the money available to the Executive and collectively we need to look at funding solutions to this.

"So rather than lamely try and make cheap political capital maybe PJ Bradley should look at the wider implications of the changing global economy and it its impact on the cost of living here." ENDS

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