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DUP leader rebukes Environment Minister & backs Sinn Féin position on causes of Climate Change

22 April, 2009

Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson, North Antrim MLA Daithí McKay, has welcomed the DUP leader Peter Robinson’s rebuke of the Environment Minister Sammy Wilson over his position on Climate Change. Mr McKay said that it would be untenable for the DUP to continue to tolerate the Environment Minister’s continuous undermining of their party leader at the Executive.

Mr McKay said:

“I welcome the fact that Peter Robinson supports the Sinn Féin position on the causes of Climate Change and that he has given his Environment Minister a ‘slap on the wrist’ for his recent behaviour.

“The joint First Ministers both recognise that Climate Change is “one of the most serious problems facing the world” and for Sammy Wilson to robustly challenge that position today is in itself a challenge to his own party leader.

“Sammy Wilson refuses to promote the Programme for Government’s commitment to tackle the causes of Climate Change which is his duty as a member of the Executive. Thus he is undermining the entire Executive.

“Peter Robinson has now indicated that the debate on the causes of Climate Change within the DUP is now over. Will he now demonstrate this position by ensuring that Sammy Wilson ceases to undermine what is obviously the accepted position not only of his own party leadership and the Executive but of the vast majority of people?” ENDS

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