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McCausland summoned to appear before DSD Committee

4 July, 2013 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin Chairperson of the DSD Committee Alex Maskey MLA has said that he will be summoning the Minister Nelson McCausland to appear before the Committee tomorrow to answer the very serious allegations made in tonight’s BBC Spotlight programme.

Mr Maskey said:

“The revelations made in tonight’s BBC Spotlight programme regarding the conduct of the DSD Minister Nelson McCausland potentially represent the most serious political scandal since the Assembly came into operation in 1998.

“Allegations of serious bad practice, the misleading of the Assembly and of the Committee have amongst others been levelled at Mr McCausland. Those very serious charges will not simply go away.

“People both in the Assembly and indeed the wider community will be demanding answers from the Minister and his party about their conduct. Tonight I have already been in contact with Assembly officials to summon Mr McCausland to appear in front of the DSD Committee tomorrow in Stormont.

“Nobody should underestimate the seriousness of this situation. As DSD Committee Chair I have already begun the process of seeking answers to the questions posed by tonight’s programme. I look forward to Mr McCausland appearing before our Committee tomorrow to give an explanation having declined to appear on the Spotlight programme.” ENDS

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