Agricultural Minister Charlie McConalogue has expressed his disappointment that a scheduled meeting between the North South Ministerial Council was cancelled, this morning, after the DUP's Minister for Agriculture, at Stormont, failed to show.
Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots had been due to have talks with his counterpart Charlie McConalogue earlier today but he didn't attend the meeting.
I am disappointed the scheduled North/South Ministerial Council meeting did not take place— Charlie McConalogue (@McConalogue) April 28, 2021
This engagement is crucial to strengthening North South ties
I urge all sides to work together for the betterment of our farmers&wider communities
We work stronger when we work together.
Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill criticised Mr Poots:"Today's scheduled meeting of ministers North/South on rural development and agriculture was cancelled as no DUP Minister would attend," she tweeted.
"The North/South dimension is central to the Good Friday Agreement and there is no alternative. Put simply these hare-brained antics are juvenile."
Today’s scheduled meeting of ministers North/South on rural development and agriculture was cancelled as no DUP Minister would attend. The North/South dimension is central to the Good Friday Agreement & there is no alternative. Put simply these hare-brained antics are juvenile.— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) April 28, 2021
It comes as Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster's future as DUP leader hangs in the balance after party colleagues mounted a heave against her yesterday.
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