Commenting after it emerged in the media that DRD Minister Danny Kennedy ignored legal advice from the Attorney General when he took the decision not to appeal the Lennon Employment Tribunal finding, Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy said:
“I have always believed that the findings of the Tribunal in this case are deeply flawed. It has now emerged that various legal opinions sought by the Department, including one from the Attorney General backed this view and urged the Minister to appeal.
“Danny Kennedy now needs to make an urgent public statement explaining the rational for his decision given the legal opinion that is now in the public domain and the fact that he also failed to appoint Mr Lennon to NI Water in a subsequent application.
“It seems that in taking this decision the Minister has put his unionist politics in front of the need for the Department to act on the advice of the Attorney General and appeal what I believe to be a damaging and flawed finding.”