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McCallion slams SDLP Leader for questioning Martin McGuinness' integrity

28 September, 2018 - by Elisha McCallion

Sinn Fein MP Elisha McCallion has hit out at SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood for questioning Martin McGuinness' integrity following Arlene Foster's evidence to the RHI Inquiry.

The Foyle MP was speaking after the SDLP Leader revealed he has written to the Head of the Civil Service asking for clarification on ‘who knew what and when’ over Arlene Foster’s claim that she had shared details of an RHI whistle-blower with Martin McGuinness.

“It is extremely disappointing that Colum Eastwood appears to be questioning the integrity of Martin McGuinness, a man who set the benchmark in good governance and who is no longer here to defend himself," she said.

“The RHI Inquiry was established by Sinn Féin Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. The entire issue was brought to a head by Martin McGuinness who resigned in protest at the DUP’s behaviour in government.

“Arlene Foster’s claim will be examined by the inquiry and Sinn Féin are entirely confident that he will be completely vindicated.

“Colum Eastwood is of course free to seek whatever documentation he likes from the Head of the Civil Service but it should also be noted that the inquiry evidence statements from the former Head of the Civil Service and departmental permanent secretary have already been published and did not support Arlene Foster’s assertion. 

“It is also Sinn Féin’s view that all the material to the inquiry should be made public and I have every confidence that Martin’s impeccable record of integrity, decency and fairness will be fully exonerated.

“The SDLP should allow the Inquiry to do its job.”

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