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McLaughlin – SDLP deputy Leader compromises PAC Investigation into NI Water procurement procedures

14 March, 2011

Sinn Féin Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Member Mitchel McLaughlin MLA (South Antrim) has said that the actions od SDLP Deputy Leader, Patsy McGlone in his capacity of a PAC Member raises serious questions.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"It was revealed during Ministerial questions in the Assembly today that Mr. McGlone, an SDLP member of the Public Accounts Committee had submitted questions to the Committee investigation into NI Water procurement procedures, on behalf of one of the sacked NI Water Director’s Declan Gormley.

“Declan Gormley submitted a list of questions to DRD under Freedom of Information that were rejected. Those exact same questions were then given to the SDLP Deputy Leader who resubmited them to the PAC Investigation into NI Water in which Declan Gormley featured.

“As a member of the PAC Committee I was shocked to hear today’s revelation by the Minister during Assembly Question Time that Mr.McGlone lobbied to have Declan Gormley reinstated while the investigation into the wrongdoing into the procurement of multi-million pound contracts was in progress.

"Patsy McGlone has therefore in my view compromised his role as a member of the PAC which is responsible for holding Government Departments to account in their use of public money. He deliberately tried to act on behalf of an individual who featured in this investigation and that is wholly unacceptable.

“Patsy McGlone should explain publicly why he compromised his position and that of the investigation. His actions have undermined the role of the PAC and the trust put in it to act fairly, impartially and in the public interest.”

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