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Statement by Mark Durkan on the Robinson Affair, 8 January 2010

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Text: Mark Durkan ... Page compiled: Martin Melaugh

Statement by Mark Durkan, then leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), on the Robinson Affair, Derry, (8 January 2010)


"Following the broadcast of last night’s BBC Northern Ireland Spotlight program it is clear that Iris Robinson should stand down from her public roles forthwith.

However, serious questions must now be asked of Peter Robinson and it will be up to him to now prove that the issues raised do not affect his ability or suitability to carry out his public office.

If Peter Robinson is to be brave it is imperative that he calls for proper investigations to take place. Otherwise it would appear his position as First Minister is questionable.

Questions will also be posed now by officials at Castlereagh Council and I would expect the Local Government Auditor will be taking a very close interest.

Castlereagh Council has always been a showcase for the DUP as their model of best practice.

However it must be investigated to discover why only one business met the criteria designed for the tender for the café at the project on the River Lagan.

The way in which this criterion was designed and specified must also be scrutinised.

Additionally questions will continue to arise as to how this money was solicited and indeed if it actually was a gift with no expectation of a return?

However, there are serious political issues that the public need addressed and it is all our responsibility as politicians to ensure that the events of the past few days do not cause any further distraction or delay getting on with good public business.”


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