Saturday 3 December 2016

Collateral damage in a far bigger political game

Suzanne Breen

Published 19/08/2016 | 02:30

Daithí McKay. Photo: PA
Daithí McKay. Photo: PA

The first politician to resign because of Nama is Daithí McKay. It sounds utterly incredible. Had Paddy Power opened a book on the most likely candidate, the Sinn Fein man's name wouldn't even have registered.

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I worked with McKay on a BBC radio show just after he was elected to the Assembly at the tender age of 25. For one so young, he was a remarkably safe pair of hands. There was no cockiness or showmanship.

Over the next nine years at Stormont, he continued as a quietly confident and capable performer. He was one of Sinn Fein's more able MLAs. There is nothing to suggest that he would recklessly embark on a solo run to help destroy Peter Robinson.

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