Sinn Féin MLAS return to Stormont for PAC hearing

Declan Kearney at yesterday's PAC hearing

SINN Féin breached its self-imposed boycott of Stormont committees yesterday to attend an explosive hearing of the assembly's spending watchdog.

Last week, as the latest Stormont crisis escalated, the party withdrew its MLAs from committee duties.

Those who chose not to turn-up over the past week included Barry McElduff and Conor Murphy, who headed up the education and economy committees respectively.

But yesterday, three Sinn Féin MLAs were at Parliament Buildings to attend a session of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which is examining the Renewable Heat Incentive. The three – Declan Kearney, Michelle Gildernew and Oilver McMullan – all played an active role in quizzing Department for the Economy permanent secretary Dr Andrew McCormick.

It was unclear last night if the PAC will sit again next week before the assembly is dissolved ahead of March 2's election.

Sinn Féin offered no explanation for its MLAs' attendance in the context of the recent boycott.


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