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Situation revealed in late-night weekend emails between clashing Katrina Godfrey and Nichola Mallon

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An artist’s impression of the controversial Arc21 incinerator in Mallusk

An artist’s impression of the controversial Arc21 incinerator in Mallusk

Katrina Godfrey, who was permanent secretary at DfI

Katrina Godfrey, who was permanent secretary at DfI

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An artist’s impression of the controversial Arc21 incinerator in Mallusk

A senior civil servant vehemently opposed Nichola Mallon taking a decision which refused planning permission for the controversial Arc21 incinerator in Mallusk, it can be revealed.

The Department for Infrastructure’s (DfI) permanent secretary, Katrina Godfrey, not only attempted to dissuade the SDLP minister once, but then emailed Ms Mallon in an attempt to get her to change her mind about rejecting the plan to build an energy from waste plant.


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