Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “I cannot believe that a DUP politician, who has not yet taken up the post of DCAL Minister is having statements being released from him by DCAL civil servants.
“This move is totally disgraceful. Statements should only be sent out from politicians by government officials from 8 May onwards.
“The public will no doubt feel confused and aggrieved that even though the DUP vehemently argued for this ridiculous six week devolution delay, they are still prepared to use departmental resources before it.
“We would like a full explanation as to why Edwin Poots and DCAL officials took it upon themselves to release this statement together. We need clarification on this issue because this is an unfair drain on public purse.”