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SF seek Assembly statement from Peter Robinson

9 January, 2010 - by Carál Ní Chuilín


Sinn Féin Assembly member Carál Ní Chuilín has submitted an emergency motion to the Speaker asking the First Minister to come to the Assembly and make a statement outlining any implications for OFM/dFM arising from the recent BBC Spotlight programme.


Ms Ní Chuilín said:


“In recent days there has been a wave of publicity surrounding Peter Robinson and allegations regarding the financial affairs of his wife. At a time when there are significant outstanding issues to be resolved in the wider political process it is crucial that the First Minister brings much needed clarity to this situation. In short the current status quo cannot continue.


“I am aware that the Deputy First Minister yesterday sought an urgent meeting with the First Minister and that this meeting did not happen. Mr. Robinson has said he wants an opportunity to state his case. The motion I have proposed provides this. Both Peter and Iris Robinson are members of the Assembly. Serious issues have been raised by the Spotlight programme regarding possible breaches of the Assembly rules and regulations.

 
“This is not about the Robinson’s private family matters. This is about serious political questions which are legitimate and require answers.” CRÍOCH


Text of the Sinn Féin motion:


To ask the First Minister to outline to the Assembly any possible implications for the OFM/dFM in respect of allegations relating to financial matters made by the BBC Spotlight programme.

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