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Devolution of tax varying powers could pave way for ‘green’ environmental agenda

10 September, 2007

Sinn Féin Environmental Spokesperson and North Antrim MLA Daithí McKay has said that the devolution of tax-varying powers to the Assembly would give local politicians the opportunity to introduce incentives for members of the public to use renewable energy and use tax-varying powers to benefit the environment.

Speaking after the Assembly debated the matter of tax-varying powers today Mr McKay said:

"The devolution of tax-varying powers to the Assembly is essential if the Executive is to provide effective governance, especially in regard to environmental matters.

"Sinn Féin remain committed to the introduction of a plastic bag tax, which is already in place in the 26 Counties, and we also believe that tax-varying powers can be used to regard and provide incentives to members of the public who use renewable energy and also disincentives to industry that produces unnecessary waste or pollution." ENDS

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