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Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson in 2014.
Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson in 2014.
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PAC to invite Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness to appear over Project Eagle sale

Finance Minister Michael Noonan agreed last night to appear before the committee.
Sep 21st 2016, 10:07 PM 6,700 22

THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS Committee (PAC) has agreed to invite the former First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson and the current Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to appear before it over the Project Eagle sale.

The pair are mentioned in the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (C&AG) report on the National Asset Management Agency’s (Nama) sale of Project Eagle.

It’s understood a phone call with Robinson and McGuinness took place in 2014 where the Project Eagle sale was discussed with Finance Minister Michael Noonan.

In a statement today, the committee said it has outlined its work programme to deal with the C&AG’s report on Project Eagle.

In addition to the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (who has already accepted the committee’s invitation) it plans to invite a number of other witnesses.

These include:

  • Frank Daly, Chairman of Nama
  • Brendan McDonagh, Chief Executive of Nama
  • Former First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson
  • Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness
  • Nama board members
  • The Secretary General in the Department of Finance, Derek Moran
  • Other relevant department officials
  • The former Secretary General in the Department of Finance, John Moran

The committee said it will begin its work with the C&AG and Nama representatives on 29 September .

Minister Noonan is due to appear before the committee on 6 October.

FactCheck: Has no government minister ever gone before the Public Accounts Committee?

Read: Board member says if Nama was more transparent it wouldn’t make as much money>

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