Don’t know. Nobody mentioned anything.
Stormont Assembly will be recalled from summer recess on Monday to deal with the fall out
What has happened?
Social development minister Nelson McCausland. and his special adviser Stephen Brimstone are accused of political interference and bringing pressure to bear on Lisburn DUP councillor and housing Executive board member.
Jenny Palmer claims she was told to put party interests first by voting on a request from Mr McCausland to extend Red Sky’s contract with the Housing Executive.
The £8 million-a-year contract had been terminated in 2011 following allegations that
the East, East, East Belfast firm had overcharged for housing Executive work.
Red Sky has admitted it mistakenly (?) charged the Executive for work on two apartment blocks that no longer exist.
The Housing Executive has suffered a series of scathing reports about shoddy workmanship and financial irregularities involving contractors.
There were separate allegations of corruption, unrelated to any DUP member.
Mr McCausland denied any involvement in the awarding of housing Executive contracts.
“I can assure you categorically that I have never sought to influence any contracts, neither this nor any other contract, indeed neither do I have any role in this”.
A Parliamentary Standards Commissioner
to investigate “relevant matters raised in the programme as a matter of urgency”.
The social development committee will hold an inquiry into the allegations.
What did the SDLP say?
“ accused the minister of attempting to avoid answering “pertinent questions” during yesterday’s committee hearing”.
“Serious allegations and questions remain about the DUP and the assembly must be given the opportunity to test the veracity of more than one minister,”
What did the Alliance Party say?
Update January 2015:
Here’s how one of those Inquiries is going.
Admire Mr Brimstone’s remarkable
lack of recall and inability to answer questions
Thanks for the link Harry,