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Former DCAL minister McCausland should testify on Casement

8 October, 2015 - by Cathal Ó hOisín

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal O’hOisín has said the current Casement Inquiry is in danger of becoming a farce given that the previous Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister, Nelson McCausland won’t step aside to give evidence.

Speaking today Mr Ó hOisín said:

“The current inquiry into the Casement Park development being conducted by the Culture Arts and Leisure Committee is in danger of becoming a farce following today’s meeting.

“The current chair, who has in my opinion a conflict of interest in this inquiry, will not step aside to give evidence.

“Nelson McCausland was the minister in charge when a Casement Park development with a capacity of 40,000 was signed off on

“He is the only substantial material witness who has not come forward to the inquiry.

“If Nelson McCausland really wanted to get to the bottom of any perceived misgivings about this development he would have no issue with stepping aside and telling this committee what exactly he knows.

“His refusal to do so speaks volumes. This isn’t about getting to the truth. This is about scoring political points.

“After today’s performance it is becoming clear that some unionists do not want the development of a first-class stadium in West Belfast.” 

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