We can only assume Arlene Foster was in touch with her party colleagues earlier this week and made them aware that she believes Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir should step aside while investigations are ongoing into the backchannel scandal involving Daithí McKay and Jamie Bryson.
NORTH Antrim MLA Daithí McKay, who resigned after details of backchannel communications between the republican and loyalist Jamie Bryson were made public, can be forced to attend a finance committee investigation to explain his actions.
IT took five days but finally the DUP got around to calling for Máirtín Ó Muilleoir to step aside as finance minister until the investigation into the Daithí McKay-Jamie Bryson backchanneling scandal is concluded.
QUESTIONS have been raised about the owner of an email address Sinn Féin used to receive secret communication from Nama inquiry witness Jamie Bryson, as the inquiry into who in the party knew about the backchannel contact with the loyalist was discussed at Stormont.
ALMOST a week since the Irish News broke the story of a secret backchannel between a loyalist blogger and Sinn Féin - private communication that seemed aimed on ending the career of former First Minister Peter Robinson - the scandal rumbles on.
THOSE tweeted exchanges, in which Sinn Féin rehearsed serial show-off Jamie Bryson for his moment on a Stormont stage, transcripts printed in this paper, gave people yet another chance to groan: "You couldn’t make it up, only in this place.".