Sinn Féin pressing for accountability in NAMA deals – Cllr Darren O' Rourke
In response to recent statements by the Green Party and Fianna Fáil on the unfolding issues relating to the sale of the NAMA Loan Book in the North, Sinn Féin Councillor and General Election Candidate for Meath East Darren O' Rourke said:
‘The recent statements by Senator Thomas Byrne and Green Party leader Eamonn Ryan reek of political desperation and demonstrate how detached they are from developments in the north.
'The meeting between Martin McGuinness and Dan Quayle to which Thomas Byrne refers, was formal, fully recorded and held under the auspices of the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. Perhaps Thomas Byrne should follow Martin McGuinness on Twitter. Then he would have seen the tweet and picture of the 'secret' meeting, taking place three months after the sale itself was completed.
'Over the past week Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has raised the matter directly with the finance Minister and the Taoiseach, Mary Lou McDonald TD has questioned NAMA on the issue at the Public Accounts Committee and Sinn Féin MLA Daithi McKay has convened the Finance Committee at the Assembly to investigate these matters.
'At the centre of this issue is the cloak of secrecy that surrounds NAMA. It is not lost on anyone that this unaccountable body and its protections where put in place by the previous government of Fianna Fail and the Greens.
'While these parties were drafting statements, Sinn Féin will be holding the body they established to account.’