DUP attempt to suppress democratic debate on Glenavy Incinerator.
Sinn Féin Spokesperson, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA (South Antrim) has accused the DUP of attempting to suppress democratic debate on proposals for a chicken waste incinerator at Glenavy.
Mitchel McLaughlin said:
“Sinn Féin had tabled a motion for debate in the Assembly chamber today calling on the Environment Minister, Edwin Poots to instigate a full Public Inquiry into Rose Energy proposals to construct a chicken waste incinerator on the shores of Lough Neagh.
“Despite the fact that the area is designated a place of outstanding beauty, and being opposed by over 7000 signatories the Minister has succumbed to the pressure of the incinerator lobby and announced that he is ‘minded’ to approve the application.
“In what can only be described as an attempt to suppress democratic debate around the issue and despite the fact that DUP public representatives, including MP’s, MLA’s and Councillors in both Lisburn and Antrim, publicly and privately expressed strong opposition to the incinerator, the DUP effectively closed down any meaningful debate by tabling a procedural petition which requires a separate unionist and nationalist majority in order for my motion to succeed. .
“It would appear that rather than listen to the voice of the electorate and concerns of other established business in the area the DUP has chosen to defend a bad and undemocratic decision taken by its Minister. This action will not dampen the enthusiasm of those opposed to this act of environmental vandalism, but will give the campaign a renewed impetus to succeed in their determination to stop this project.”
NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWSDESKS
Rún/Motion - Proposed Rose Energy Incinerator at Glenavy
That this Assembly calls on the Minister of the Environment to set up a full public inquiry into the Rose Energy proposal to build an incinerator at Glenavy on the shores of Lough Neagh; and to ensure that the inquiry will facilitate an open and transparent consideration of the key issues and an independent review of the evidence provided, both for and against the application.
URLABHRAITHE/PROPOSERS SF: Mitchel McLaughlin, Paul Butler, C. Boylan, Willie Clarke