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Oops . . Duncan's peeved at Big Phil

CELEBRITY broadcaster Duncan Stewart has criticised the new Environment Minister after he was left waiting 45 minutes for a scheduled meeting.

The green broadcaster hit out at Phil Hogan's "lack of courtesy" after the minister failed to show up in time for a photocall to launch this weekend's Earth Hour.

Mr Stewart, the 2011 Earth Hour Ambassador, and a number of senior energy company officials waited almost an hour after 'Big Phil' was delayed for the Merrion Square photoshoot.

When the minister eventually turned up, he was criticised by Mr Stewart.

While photographs were being taken the popular broadcaster could clearly be heard complaining bitterly about being kept waiting by the minister who joked about the matter after explaining that he had been busy.

Mr Stewart replied: "I'm very busy too."

Mr Stewart later insisted a proper explanation should have been given for the delay.

"The incident showed a lack of courtesy. I thought he would apologise. I feel bad that I got so upset but I felt his was not the right approach," he said.

A Department of the Environment spokesman said last night that the minister had been unavoidably delayed at a meeting and had been forced to cut short the meeting to attend the photocall.

Earth Hour encourages people to switch off their lights for one hour between 8.30pm and 9.30pm tomorrow to support world action on climate change.

However, the crunch Euro 2012 qualifier against Macedonia in the Aviva Stadium clashes with Earth Hour.

Mr Stewart suggested the lights could be put off for a minute at half -time as a symbolic gesture.

csheehy@herald.ie