Stormont ministers to meet in Cookstown over flooding crisis

Debris in the Battery Harbour.
Debris in the Battery Harbour.
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Stormont minister will meet in Cookstown today [Thurs] to discuss the response to flooding at Lough Neagh and other parts of Northern Ireland.

The agriculture, regional development and environment ministers will attend.

View from the back of Lough Neagh Rescue station

View from the back of Lough Neagh Rescue station

The agriculture minister said the meeting would be a chance to “hold [government] agencies to account” over their actions in dealing with floods.

Speaking to the BBC Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said that while the meeting is to be welcomed, the Northern Ireland Executive should also be reconvened.

“There is now no excuse for the executive failing to convene a full emergency meeting,” he said.

“It is our job to take action and despite my calls for ministerial colleagues to meet the responsibilities of our offices, they are failing to do that.

“People are right to be frustrated at politicians failing to deliver - it is happening now.”