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Paddy Kearney property firm refuses to confirm if Peter Robinson is consultant

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 29/10/2016

Low profile: Peter Robinson
Low profile: Peter Robinson

A Northern Ireland property firm has refused to confirm whether former First Minister Peter Robinson is working for it as a consultant.

Despite repeated requests yesterday, Kilmona Property Ltd - owned by developer Paddy Kearney - did not make any comment.

And Mr Robinson, who has maintained a low public profile since he left office in January, could not be contacted for an immediate response.

There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing or impropriety in relation to the speculation in the News Letter. But a spokesperson said: "Kilmona will be making no comment."

The paper said Mr Robinson was believed to have represented Kilmona at several meetings in relation to major developments.

Until 2014, Mr Kearney had reportedly been one of Nama's biggest borrowers in Northern Ireland. But when he appeared before Stormont's finance committee last year, he said he had been subjected to unfounded and unsubstantiated allegations.

He said the so-called 'bad bank' involved in the sale of assets "did in three years without firing a shot, what the terrorists could not achieve in 50 years".

Mr Kearney also told MLAs: "I believe the political leaders of Northern Ireland did the right thing by lobbying investors to buy the Northern Ireland portfolio from Nama.

"I did not receive any preferential treatment from Nama in any shape or form in the course of negotiations, or indeed in the execution of the transaction."

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