What did Martin McGuinness know about the Nama deal?

Martin McGuinness maintains he was kept in the dark about the sale of Nama's northern portfolio

WHAT do we know about Martin McGuinness's involvement in the Nama deal?

:: December 2013 - David McCreedie in first minister's office sends email to Martin McGuinness's special adviser which includes a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Stormont Executive and Pimco, a potential buyer of Nama's northern loan portfolio. Martin McGuinness has consistently denied all knowledge of the proposed MoU and reiterated this during last week's committee hearing.

:: January 2014 – Conference call involving Republic's finance minister Michael Noonan, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness about sale of Nama's northern loan book. Sinn Féin say the call is a matter of public record and that the deputy first minister highlighted it in his evidence last week to Stormont's finance committee. During the call, Nama's decision to dispose of its entire Northern Ireland portfolio is discussed. Mr Robinson is quoted as saying "they did not align themselves with any particular buyer" but the record notes: "However, he reiterated the comfort provided by the commitments Pimco had made to the executive through a letter of intent regarding their management of assets if they were the successful acquirer." It goes on to state Mr Robinson agreed to provide this letter of intent to Nama "for informational purposes". No contribution is recorded from Mr McGuinness in the note of the call.

:: March 2014 – Stormont Castle meeting takes place involving Peter Robinson, Cerberus chairman Dan Quayle, then Finance Minister Simon Hamilton, and solicitor Ian Coulter. Mr McGuinness says he had no knowledge of the meeting.

:: September 2014 – Six months after Cerebus buy the northern loans, Dan Quayle is again at Stormont Castle where he meets Mr McGuinness and Mr Robinson. Although the meeting is not publicised by OFMDFM, Mr McGuinness said it was officially recorded and he tweeted out a picture at the time.

:: September 2015 - Mr McGuinness appears before the Stormont finance committee, telling it he was repeatedly “kept in the dark” over correspondence, meetings and calls relating the Nama deal


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