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Alliance party using EPA issue to score political points

17 June, 2008

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has slammed the Alliance party for using the issue of an Independent Environmental Protection Agency to score political points and divide political parties who are in support of an EPA.

Mr McKay said:

"The Alliance party has deliberately misled some within the Environmental sector as to the power that the Executive has in regard to this matter. Sinn Féin has called for the establishment of an EPA at all levels, including the Executive, but the fact of the matter is that the Executive cannot force the Minister to set up an EPA in this instance.

"Alliance party MLA Stephen Farry used the matter of an EPA to criticise the fact that we use a powersharing administration in the north and I am sure that that is not a position that is shared by the majority of Environmental NGOs.

"I also noted that the Alliance party criticised all the parties on the Executive except for the SDLP and UUP which shows exactly how hypocritical their stance is.

"We in Sinn Féin will continue to put pressure on the Environment Minister and use all the political power we have to move this matter forward. By trying to mislead supporters of an EPA and create division amongst the political parties who support an EPA the Alliance party have taken the focus and the pressure off Sammy Wilson." ENDS

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