Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Ministers and their codes of behaviour

Published 20/09/2012

Touching as Alasdair McDonnell's concern for Nelson McCausland's alleged breach of the ministerial code is (News, September 18), I wonder if the SDLP leader will be setting down similar motions concerning other alleged breaches.

Only in June of this year, we learnt from an employment tribunal that then-DRD Minister Conor Murphy had engaged in sectarian discrimination when overlooking a Protestant candidate for chair of Northern Ireland Water.

Then, just this week, we learn that Education Minister John O'Dowd has been found to have made seven breaches of the ministerial appointments code.

Does Dr McDonnell believe that some purported breaches are more worthy of censure than others?

Or is it simply that the aforementioned allegations were committed by nationalists that makes them excusable?

The SDLP trying to prove that their tricolour is bigger than the Shinners's tricolour is unedifying at best. Perhaps a little consistency might be in order.



To email your letter to the Editor click here

From the web

Sponsored Videos

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph