SDLP East Derry MLA and member of Stormont’s Finance Committee, Gerry Mullan has supported calls for Sinn Fein Finance Minister, Mairtin O’ Muilleoir to step aside.
“The events that have unfolded around a secret back-channel between Daithi McCay, Sinn Fein and Jamie Bryson are nothing short of scandalous. They have wholly undermined the democratic processes of the Stormont institutions and they are a blatant attempt to subvert accountability and due process.
“It is now important that all those who may have been aware of the secret back-channel step aside. This includes the now Sinn Fein Finance Minister Mairtin O Muilleoir. This is pivotal if we are to achieve clarity and accountability on the NAMA sale.
“The involvement of the DUP and the actions of Sinn Fein have seriously damaged the public’s confidence in the committee’s investigation. The public will not trust that a committee chaired by the DUP and involving Sinn Fein will have the desire or the integrity to achieve transparency.
“When the NAMA scandal first broke last year, the SDLP sought an independent inquiry to lead the investigation. We knew there were too many interested parties within the Assembly and it would seem that we have been proven right. Therefore, we are again advising that the investigation be taken over by an independent body.”