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No confidence in McCausland as DCAL chair - Ó hOisín

29 January, 2015 - by Cathal Ó hOisín

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has said he has no confidence in the chairperson of the DCAL committee, Nelson McCausland. 

Mr Ó hOisín said; 

"At last week's committee meeting, chair of the committee Nelson McCausland refused to allow questions to be asked during a presentation by the Confederation of Ulster Bands. 

"In doing so, he actively stymied effective questioning of the organisation as part of an inquiry into participation of working-class communities in the arts. 

"This is a statutory committee with the equivalent of High Court questioning powers so when members are gagged they are prevented from carrying our their duties and responsibilities. 

"A Sinn Féin proposal to recall the bands' representatives was voted down by the chair and his unionist colleagues, effectively making the inquiry redundant. 

"This is unacceptable and Sinn Féin will be raising this matter through the appropriate Assembly structures.”

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