Afforestation Programme

Part of Ministerial Statements – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 1:30 pm on 2nd March 2020.

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Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin 1:30 pm, 2nd March 2020

The Minister will be delighted to know that, to end on a happy note, I will bring the subject back to Brexit. In his statement, he refers to the successful implementation of rural development programmes. Those programmes will not be successful without European funding. How will the Minister replace that funding?

I have to say that the statement is very welcome, and I welcome the fact that the Minister will take a lead role in the programme, but everything requires money.