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Sinn Fein's Mairtin O Muilleoir agrees to appear before Stormont finance committee over Nama coaching claims scandal

Published 07/09/2016

Finance Minister Mairtin O Muilleoir.
Finance Minister Mairtin O Muilleoir.

Sinn Fein MLA Mairtin O Muilleoir has agreed to appear before the Stormont finance committee inquiry into the coaching claims scandal.

The Finance Minister has insisted he will not step aside - despite calls from the Stormont committee for him to do so amid allegations that loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson was "coached" ahead of his appearance during its Nama probe last year.

The probe was set up to investigate the £1.2bn sale of Nama's Northern Ireland loan portfolio in 2014.

In a committee meeting on Wednesday it was announced that Mr O Muilleoir would appear.

The coaching claims controversy arose after messages between Mr McKay, Mr Bryson and another Sinn Fein Twitter user were leaked.

In the wake of the claims Sinn Fein's Daithi McKay, who was chair of the committee at the time, resigned and was suspended from the party.

In his resignation letter Mr Kay acknowledged his conduct was "inappropriate, ill-advised and wrong".

Since his resignation a Sinn Fein councillor and 17 party activists in north Antrim have quit the party.

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