McNulty calls for Interconnector enquiry to be halted

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Friday, March 3rd, 2017
justin4SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh has called on the Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard to halt the Public Enquiry into the North South Interconnector which recommenced in Armagh this week. Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “The Public Enquiry into the North South Interconnector must be halted immediately.
  “In these early days, it’s credibility has been called into question and it cannot continue without the support of the local community. I attended some of the opening session and it has become very apparent that SONI have based their application on the wrong interpretation of a European Commission Ruling.
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Jan End 2017“Their case for the development from there is no longer credible. This is not an argument about the merits or otherwise of North South interconnection, it’s about ensuring that due process is followed and followed correctly,” he insisted.
  “The pressure group SEAT have walked out of the proceedings in disgust and SONI’s legal team didn’t even turn up. All sides have accepted that SONI have been basing their case on the wrong interpretation of a European Commission ruling therefore I cannot see how it can continue with any credibility. “The Enquiry was set up by the previous Department of the Environment and is now being led by the Department of Infrastructure. I would call on the Infrastructure Minister to intervene; he will be asked to make a decision on the basis of a flawed enquiry.
  McNulty added, “It is not on; a flawed enquiry could deliver a flawed report which can only deliver a flawed answer. We hear a lot about integrity at the heart of government, now is the time for action.”
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