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McDevitt should pay back public money paid to wife’s company

7 August, 2013 - by Raymond McCartney

Speaking after it was revealed that SDLP MLA Conal McDevitt paid £14,000 of Assembly expenses to his wife’s consultancy firm and failed to declare this on the register of members’ interests, Sinn Féin Assembly member Raymond McCartney said:

"For years Conal McDevitt has made a political career out of lecturing others on their behaviour. Now it has emerged that Mr McDevitt paid £14,000 of taxpayers’ money to his wife’s company, Joanne Murphy Consulting in 2010 and 2011.

“To compound this further Mr McDevitt did not declare this on the members’ interest log in Stormont for any of these years as is required

“No doubt Mr McDevitt will hide behind the line used by those in the SDLP’s sister parties, Fianna Fail in the South and Labour in Westminster, that he wasn’t technically in breach of any rules paying this money to his wife’s company.

“However I’m quite sure hard pressed tax payers will be rightly annoyed at this sort of practice and the failure by Mr McDevitt to declare it in line with Assembly rules.

“Mr McDevitt should do the right thing and pay this money back to the Assembly. In addition the Assembly authorities need to investigate why these payments were not declared on the Register of Members Interests and take appropriate sanction against Mr McDevitt.”

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