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.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 11:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 11:56 am

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".

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"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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Agriculture Minister, Edwin Poots.

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