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Environment Minister and DUP must lay bare facts over Visitor Centre- Mc Kay MLA

24 October, 2007

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said that the Minister for the Environment Arlene Foster and the DUP must lay bare all the facts regarding the proposed application for a visitors centre at the Giants Causeway.

Mr McKay said:

"The Department of the Environment had previously almost came to the decision that the idea of a Private visitors centre was to be rejected. Why was Arlene Foster then "minded" to allow a planning application against her own officials position?

Mr McKay continued:

"The public must know whether there was any wrong doing here. What is now proposed is a private development. What therefore actually happened to change the mind of the Department."

"Also the Minister has now stated in the Assembly, responding to a question by myself, that UNESCO will only comment on an application when one is brought to them by a government.

"This is in direct contravention of what the DUP had earlier claimed regarding the apparent approval of Seymour Sweeney' application by UNESCO in a letter to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

"I am urging the Minister and the DUP to lay bare all facts on this contraversial issue.

"This world heritage site is of immense long term value. Sinn Féin's preference is for the site and the development of its facilities to remain in public ownership so that it can benefit not just the local community but our society and economy as a whole and so that we can ensure that environmental concerns are paramount. "


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