Anna Lo MLA said: “Rural communities and the environment will lose out as a result of this fight between Executive Ministers. I am concerned that these two Ministers could not sort out this problem within the Executive, rather than take part in a very public spat.
“It is clear that the DUP knew about the intention to transfer some of this funding before the Minister announced her decision, so I am disappointed that they waited until the very end to voice their opposition. This has resulted in the Agriculture Minister not being able to allocate any money for the rural development programme.
“However, I was pleased that the Agriculture Minister confirmed that she will be taking forward several environmental projects to make up for the failure to transfer funding for the rural development programme.”