Edwin Poots snubs North South Ministerial Council meeting for second time in two weeks
Agriculture Minister, Edwin Poots, has failed to attend a North South Ministerial Council meeting for the second time in as many weeks.
Minister Poots, who is also vying to become the next leader of the DUP, pulled out of a separate North South Ministerial Meeting with his Republic of Ireland counterpart, Charlie McConalogue, TD, two weeks ago.
SDLP MLA and Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon, tweeted this morning that this was a "long standing" meeting that "once again couldn't go ahead because of Minister Edwin Poots".
Ms Mallon said "if this is a sign of things to come, it doesn't bode well".
"Powersharing requires leadership", she said.
A spokesman from DAERA said: “Due to significant pressures, the Minister was unable to attend.”
The decision not to attend is the latest act of a DUP strategy designed to undermine and ultimately remove the Northern Ireland Protocol.
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