Tuesday 18 December 2018

Creighton, Gormley in €10m war over slugs

LUCINDA Creighton and John Gormley have gone to war over slugs, sea squid and porpoises.

The Dublin South East rivals have clashed after Ms Creighton compiled figures showing that the former Green minister commissioned more than €10m of reports while in office.

But Mr Gormley has accused the Fine Gael TD of “complete bull” with a spokesperson saying she “doesn't know what Government is about”.

He was responding to figures supplied by Ms Creighton to the Herald which show that the Green Party leader spent more than €10m on reports and reviews since 2008.

Included in the costs were:

- Over €100,000 for a report on the population dynamics of the Kerry slug

- Over €100,000 on a Harbour Porpoise survey

- €300k on a survey of Mulroy Bay for the Stalked Sea Squid. A spokesman for Mr Gormley said it was “complete bull” to suggest that there is anything wrong with the expenditure.

“Those types of reports wouldn't be commissioned per se by the minister. They would be done in line with various EU and treaty obligations,” he said.

“If Lucinda is lucky enough to serve in a ministry she'll have to do the same.”

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