Minister says McNarry is wrong on sell-off plans

editorial image

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has hit out at claims from Ukip that Translink and NI Water are to be sold off.

Ukip MLA David McNarry has said he believes that the transfer of ownership of our bus and rail system was on the table in current executive talks.

Northern Ireland’s public transport network could be privatised as part of the £2bn financial package for Stormont, he said. The Department of Regional Development responded to his claims in recent days by saying there were “no plans” for such a sell-off.

Mr McNarry responded yesterday that he “did not expect that a DRD press officer would be briefed yet on what is being agreed at Executive talks”, adding that his sources “are pretty good”.

But Minister Kennedy, whose party has been involved in ongoing all-party rejected the claims. “I have no plans whatsoever to privatise either Translink or NIW,” he told the News Letter.