16 November 2016

Labour TD and vice chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Alan Kelly, says the North’s Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, has questions to answer as to why he took such a hands-off approach to Project Eagle.

During questioning before the PAC today, Deputy Kelly expressed his shock that issues of fundamental importance relating to Project Eagle would not have been brought to the attention of the Deputy First Minister.

Deputy Kelly said:

“The idea that the Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MLA, who is known for his hands on approach to everything, would not have been pushing for information on the biggest property transaction in the history of Northern Ireland is not credible, nor does it stand up.

 “The question I ask is whether there was a wishful ignorance on the part of the Deputy First Minister, or an effort to avoid asking about the topic because the answers could be politically difficult for himself and indeed Sinn Féin. All the information I’ve heard at the PAC today points in that direction.”

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