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NAMA refusal to come before Assembly inquiry deeply frustrating - McKay

1 October, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA and Assembly Finance Committee chair Daithí McKay has said NAMA's refusal to come before the committee's inquiry is deeply frustrating. 

Speaking after attending a meeting of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, Mr McKay said: 

"The co-operation between representatives of the Assembly's Finance Committee and the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee to date has been valuable in shedding light on the events leading up to the sale of NAMA's northern loan portfolio. 

"Despite the huge public interest in this issue, the efforts of the committee have been frustrated by some key witnesses. 

"The continued reluctance of NAMA to appear before the Committee is regrettable and deeply frustrating. 

"NAMA and others cannot continue to use the excuse of the ongoing criminal investigation as a reason for not coming before the committee. 

"Invitations to oral hearings have been issued to the First Minister, former Finance Ministers, former Permanent Secretaries, former Special Advisers and members of the Advisory Committee.

"The committee is expecting that all of these witnesses will willingly make themselves available. 

"It would be useful to see increased cooperation between the PAC in the Dáil and the Assembly's Finance Committee as we continue to explore this important public interest issue." 

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