Go-ahead given for Castlereagh probe
Castlereagh Borough Council has given the go-ahead for an independent inquiry into the activities of former councillor Iris Robinson.
The inquiry was delayed following a PSNI investigation into issues raised by BBC programme Spotlight.
Consultancy firm Deloitte will begin the investigation “as soon as possible”. It will examine whether the council suffered financial loss by awarding the lease for the Lock Keeper’s Cafe to Kirk McCambley, the former lover of the ex-Strangford MP.
Mrs Robinson procured money from two developers to help Mr McCambley to open the cafe.
She then attended a council meeting when the lease was awarded and allegedly broke the law by not declaring an interest.
Castlereagh Alliance council group leader Geraldine Rice welcomed the news.
“I am pleased that this independent inquiry is to go ahead as the public deserve to see a full investigation into this issue. Alliance has consistently called for an independent inquiry and I am pleased that the council is now to proceed with this important step,” she said.
“All that can be done to restore faith in politics must be done and an inquiry like this will help to rebuild confidence.”