McNarry: Kennedy spending reprehensible at a time when Stormont is broke

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McNarry says Ministers irresponsible spending is particularly reprehensible at a time when Stormont is ‘broke.’

David McNarry MLA, UKIP Leader in Northern Ireland, speaking of the Coleraine-Londonderry rail link has said:

“Danny Kennedy has lifted this project from £20 million to £46 million against the advice of his Permanent secretary and the CEO of Translink. It wouldn’t matter to this monopoly money Minister what the cost of this rail link was, he would pay it irrespective of it not being value for money.”

“I recognise the importance of the project to the consumers of the North West. However, while Strangford remains infested with potholes, bus services are reduced, a white elephant park and ride terminal is closed and grass is growing higher on all the verges, the total absence of a railway service in Strangford is noted.”

“The Minister resorted to Del-boy finance and sarcasm in his answer to my earlier call for his resignation. He has walked blindly into a spending commitment on this project at the cost of reductions in services elsewhere and has paid an extortionate price. This is very irresponsible.

“At a time when this Executive cannot balance its books and sits in a crisis situation because of cavalier spending, the Minister has demonstrated yet more of the financial irresponsibility which has got us into this situation in the first place.”

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