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Incinerator decision shows need for restoration of devolution

Monday 14 May 2018

Green Party Leader Steven Agnew stated that the High Court incinerator decision further highlights the need for the restoration of devolution.

The North Down commented after the High Court ruled that a senior Civil Servant had no power to approve a planning application for the construction of an incinerator in the Hightown area.

Steven Agnew MLA said:

“Civil servants will be more reluctant than ever to take the major decisions that are needed to keep Northern Ireland ticking over.

“I would say that civil servants are cautious by nature, but in the absence of an Executive, we need cohesive government and clear decision making processes.

“MLAs are elected to take tough calls and we find ourselves in this mess because the DUP and Sinn Fein can’t get on with the jobs they were elected to do.

“I was never a supporter of this incinerator and believe that the local people will be rightfully pleased today.

“However, we find ourselves in a dysfunctional situation which can only be rectified by a functioning Assembly and Executive”.

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