DUP seeks ministerial 'silly string' ban

Published Friday, 02 August 2013
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New Environment Minister Mark H Durkan could find himself tied up with an issue DUP councillors are hoping to drop on his desk - a proposed Northern Ireland-wide ban of so-called 'silly string'.

DUP seeks ministerial 'silly string' ban
Silly string might be fun, but it can be messy ... (© Getty)

A motion aimed at ridding the region of the popular prank aerosol is due to go before Fermanagh District Council on Monday night.

It calls for a ban on "the sale of this messy and environmentally unfriendly product", or any similar products, on the grounds that it's too hard to clean up after being used at celebrations.

"It's there for weeks after the event is over and it's unsightly," DUP councillor Bert Johnston, the proposer of the motion, told UTV.

"You can pick litter up, but you can't pick this stuff up. And why should the ratepayers have to pay for power-washing?"

I don't want to sound a kill-joy, but this stuff sticks and is so difficult to get rid of.

Bert Johnston, DUP

The motion, which has been seconded by councillor Cyril Brownlee, also calls for Mark H Durkan to "use his ministerial influence to have it banned elsewhere".

The environment minister became aware of the issue when it was flagged to him on Twitter.

That prompted him to tweet: "It will be interesting to see how it unravels ..."

Mr Durkan has recently taken up the Environment portfolio, replacing party colleague Alex Attwood.

© UTV News
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16 Comments
duh in ni wrote (500 days ago):
Uh, call me crazy 'Balance', but I'm thinking it's because Mark Durkan is on Twitter and Bert Johnstone - being the sort of person to be preoccupied with banning silly string - has not caught on to that kind of technological development. Hardly UTV's fault and they have more quotes from Mr Johnstone. Paranoid? might be a better name.
N in Belfast wrote (502 days ago):
Have j actually just read this correctly? Bert johnson wants to ban silly string!! This country is in a mess and hes only worried bout this! Carch yourself on mate
Ady in string vest wrote (503 days ago):
" This stuff sticks and is so difficult to get rid of " said Bert . Was he referring to the silly string or the damage on his reputation by this silly proposal ?
Balance? in Rathfriland wrote (503 days ago):
Stupid motion granted, but why so much more prominence to Mark's witty riposte, and live access to a follow button no less?!?
Eamo in Belfast wrote (503 days ago):
Another great gag from the DUP. Lets waste more money on nonsence instead of getting the place a better place to live. Maybe some housing in N Belfast for Nationalists! Just a thought.
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