Belfast Telegraph

Secret report on quango collapse must be made public: McNarry

By Adrian Rutherford

A Stormont department has been told to publish a secret report it commissioned into the collapse of the Northern Ireland Events Company.

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment spent more than £1million on the investigation, but it has repeatedly refused to make the findings public.

Ukip MLA David McNarry, who has been leading calls for a probe into the alleged scandal, said that the report must be released.

"Eight years ago, I demanded a police investigation into the cover-up scandal by officials over unexplained financial losses accumulated by the Northern Ireland Events Company," he added.

"Now the public must see sight of the company inspectors' findings, which have cost over £1m and have been suppressed from publication.

"Not only that, the public are entitled to hear the outcome of the PSNI investigation and know why the PSNI are involved now and who involved them. Personally, in my opinion, there must be an explanation as to why both investigations have taken so long to be released."

The investigation by auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers began in 2008.

It was undertaken at the request of Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and is separate to today's Audit Office report.

The report took more than six years to complete and cost £1.24million.

In reply to an Assembly question in September 2014, then Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster confirmed it would remain under wraps.

"It is not the intention of my department to publish the report of the company inspection of the Northern Ireland Events Company," Mrs Foster said at the time.


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