Saturday 25 February 2017

Robinson disputes McGuinness's portfolio claims

Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

‘Unaware’: Martin McGuinness
‘Unaware’: Martin McGuinness

The North's First Minister Peter Robinson has disputed Martin McGuinness's claims he was "kept in the dark" about the sale of Nama's Northern loan portfolio.

Mr Robinson said he didn't want to give the impression the Deputy First Minister "deliberately lied", but felt it was his duty "to set out the factual position".

He said Mr McGuinness was kept informed throughout the process, but must have "forgotten".

Mr McGuinness claimed he was unaware of a meeting with Finance Minister Michael Noonan at Stormont on September 27, 2013.

Mr Robinson said he briefed him about it in advance and invited him to go, but Mr McGuinness had a funeral to attend.

Last month, Mr McGuinness also testified that he had never discussed or seen a memorandum of understanding agreed by a bidder for the portfolio, Pimco. However, Mr Robinson said: "My clear recollection was that Martin was briefed."

He said he personally discussed the matter with Mr McGuinness and that this was confirmed by an email sent to the Deputy First Minister's office on December 19, 2013.

Irish Independent

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