Steven Agnew MLA: Nama committee allegations undermine trust at Stormont

Jamie Bryson, with Pastor Mark Gordon, arriving at Stormont to appear before its Nama inquiry last year. By Matt Mackey, Presseye
Jamie Bryson, with Pastor Mark Gordon, arriving at Stormont to appear before its Nama inquiry last year. By Matt Mackey, Presseye

With regard to the Nama coaching allegations and the subsequent resignation of Daithí McKay as a member of the Assembly, I am shocked by these revelations.

They fundamentally undermine trust between parties in the Assembly, and with our constituents.

The role of committee chair should be carried out with integrity and I am disappointed that this does not appear to be the case in this instance.

The Standards and Privileges Committee needs to act on this immediately.

Given the breach of public office, if this needs to be referred to the PSNI then there should be no obstacles put in the way.

People need to have trust in our political institutions.

I am also surprised that the Sinn Féin hierarchy apparently knew nothing about the alleged communications between their representatives and Jamie Bryson.

It is my opinion that a solo run by anyone in Sinn Féin is highly unlikely.

Steven Agnew,

MLA North Down, Green Party leader