A CALNI spokesperson quashed rumours that Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson had travelled to mainland Europe with the anti incinerator protestors from Glenavy.
She added that there was no truth in the rumors and that the trip had not been discussed with Mr Donaldson or any other politicians ahead of time.
In recent weeks a number of commentators including UUP MLA Danny Kinneghan have highlighted the growing split in the DUP ranks on the issue of the Moy Park Incinerator. The local MLAs and MPs have repeatedly called for a Public Inquiry, and reiterated those calls since the August 31st announcement. However, the inner circle in the party including First Minister Peter Robinson and DETI Minister Arlene Foster came off the fence signaling support for the project by signing the ‘Petition of Concern’ to block the Stormont debate on September 27th.
Speaking from Europe, CALNI Chairman Ray Clarke highlighted Jeffery Donaldson’s vocal support for the campaign from the get go.
“I’ve no doubt Jeffrey would have been the first person on the plane if he’d been aware of our European protest ahead of time. He has worked tirelessly on our behalf since the start of campaign in 2008, and indeed on raising awareness of the UFBP nuisance odor problems in the area before that”.
“Jeffrey has repeatedly raised the risks not just to the community, but also the whole Lough Neagh ecosystem. Lough Neagh is the biggest drinking water catchment in Northern Ireland, a unique bird habitat, home to a number of endangered fish species, an indigenous eel fishing industry dating back millennia, and one of nine areas identified for investment in tourism. Unsurprisingly it holds a raft of local, national, European and international designations.”