Wednesday 7 December 2016

I didn't cover for senior SF member - McKay

Malachi O'Doherty

Published 02/12/2016 | 02:30

Mr McKay was forced to step down following claims he had advised loyalist Jamie Bryson
ahead of his session before a committee investigating the sale of Nama’s Northern Ireland
Project Eagle portfolio. Photo: Tom Burke
Mr McKay was forced to step down following claims he had advised loyalist Jamie Bryson ahead of his session before a committee investigating the sale of Nama’s Northern Ireland Project Eagle portfolio. Photo: Tom Burke

Former MLA Dáithí McKay has said he did not "take the bullet" for a more senior Sinn Féin figure when he resigned over allegations he coached a witness giving evidence to a committee.

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Mr McKay was forced to step down following claims he had advised loyalist Jamie Bryson ahead of his session before a committee investigating the sale of Nama's Northern Ireland Project Eagle portfolio.

Yesterday, in his first interview with the media since resigning, Mr McKay denied that he had coached Mr Bryson.

He also said he had no desire to return to the assembly as a Sinn Féin MLA. Nor will he seek a position through any other political party.

"I moved on from my resignation the very day after I left the Assembly. Life goes on and I hold no ill feelings towards anyone," he said.

"I'm quite philosophical about things, there's certainly more to life than late nights listening to Alex Attwood in Stormont."

Mr McKay also said that politics would always be in his blood.

"Politics is much more than just the Assembly. It's the lack of housing in your village; it's a constant in my life and always will be," he said.

Irish Independent

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