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Committee will leave no stone unturned in NAMA Inquiry – McKay

3 August, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA and Finance Committee chairperson Daithí McKay has said the Stormont inquiry set up to examine the sale of NAMA's northern portfolio will leave no stone unturned.

Mr McKay said;

"Two weeks ago the Finance Committee agreed to invite the Permanent Secretary of DFP to come back before the Committee's NAMA Inquiry this week due to a lack of answers to members' questions.

"The Finance minister Arlene Foster has written to me to say she has sought legal advice to ensure her department does not take any steps which might prejudice the criminal investigation being carried out by the NCA into the sale of NAMA’s northern portfolio.  

“The minister wrote that her department has been advised not to share further information with the committee until the department has engaged with the NCA.  

“While it is disappointing that the Permanent Secretary will not be appearing at the Finance Committee this week the inquiry will continue its work to shed light on these transactions.

“We are firmly focused on areas that are clearly not affected by the NCA investigation as reflected in our terms of reference.

"No stone will be left unturned in our determination to establish the full facts of what happened.

"The committee will continue in its efforts to inquire into all aspects of this important issue and will this week give full consideration to using our powers to compel the handing over of papers and to compel witnesses to appear before us if we feel it necessary." 

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