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SAMMY WILSON’S EXCLUSION OF EXPERTS FROM DOE SHORT SIGHTED AND PETTY

10 September, 2008


SAMMY WILSON'S EXCLUSION OF EXPERTS FROM DOE SHORT SIGHTED AND PETTY

Sinn Féin's Environment spokesperson and MLA for North Antrim, Daithí McKay, has described the Environment Minister, Sammy Wilson, decision to exclude anyone from the South of Ireland from sitting on the Department of the Environment advisory bodies as short sighted and petty minded.

Speaking today Mr McKay said:

"Sammy Wilson' s exclusion of experts and consultants from the south of Ireland from the Department of the Environment advisory bodies can only be described as short sighted and petty minded.

"He is more interested in playing at party political point scoring in an attempt at appealing to the lowest common denominator within the hard-line DUP base than actually dealing with environmental issues that affect people across this island. Whether Sammy appreciates it or not, environmental issues do not recognise artificial borders.

"Imagine a worst case scenario where a major waterway is polluted in Monaghan or Cavan and flows over the into Tyrone or Fermanagh. How would Sammy Wilson suggest that it should be dealt with? Where would the required constructive and informed joint approach come from?

"Also given the current energy crises and the Executive's commitment to an all-Island Energy Strategy how does Sammy propose this is taken forward. This is just the latest example of the fact that Sammy needs all the advice he can get. His departmental advisors should strongly counsel him against excluding expert advice based on anything other than requisite expertise. Instead he should be building on all of the positive cross border co-operation on renewable energy sources and other areas that will make a real difference to peoples lives regardless of their perceived political persuasion or what part of this island they live.

"Sammy Wilson needs to stop playing at politics, get serious and look at imaginative ways to enhance and protect the environment. Whether Sammy likes it or not we live on an island that has shared ecosystems, weather patterns and natural habitats that don't stop at any border." CRÍOCH

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