Wednesday 28 September 2016

Nama officials forced to attend NI committee

Published 06/08/2015 | 02:30

Sinn Féin MLA Daithi McKay, who chairs the Northern Ireland finance committee
Sinn Féin MLA Daithi McKay, who chairs the Northern Ireland finance committee

The Department of Finance has insisted it responded to Northern Ireland's finance committee's request to have Nama officials appear before a hearing.

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Sinn Féin MLA Daithi McKay, who chairs the committee, claimed Finance Minister Michael Noonan ignored a request he sent to his Department.

A Finance spokesman insisted the Department sent a hard copy response Mr McKay's committee on July 23, three days after receiving the request, and sent a digital response a week later.

It is understood Mr Noonan turned down the request and insisted Nama officials are only answerable to the Oireachtas, and should not be required to appear in front of the Northern Ireland committee.

Mr McKay's committee is investigating the controversy surrounding the sale of Nama's Northern Ireland loan book.

The committee yesterday decided to use powers of compellability to make the Nama officials attend a hearing.

Irish Independent

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