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OTR: We do not need a manufactured crisis, says Alex Maskey MLA

27 February, 2014 - by Alex Maskey

Commenting this afternoon after the British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the establishment of a Judicial review into the workings of the OTR scheme, Sinn Fein Assembly member Alex Maskey said:

“Everyone knows that the issue of OTRs was an anomaly which had to be resolved in common with other legacy issues.

"This was agreed by the two governments 13 years ago. So I think people need to be very careful with their language.

"Martin McGuinness has today sought to bring stability and leadership into this and people should follow his lead and bring cool heads to this situation.

"What we do not need is a manufactured crisis, driven by people outside who are hostile to the process and for electoral reasons.

"The inquiry announced by David Cameron is unnecessary. 

"It has already been made clear as recently as yesterday by the British Attorney General that the scheme in operation was lawful and proper. Given that reality I have to say I’m not sure what there is to inquire into.

"What cannot be challenged is the integrity of the scheme or the good faith of those who have been processed through it. These people have gone through a process and it has been established that they are not wanted for questioning or charge. That fact can’t be changed.

"This announcement is a political fig leaf for the DUP to try and get them off the hook they jumped onto over the past few days.”

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