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Nama concerns reach grave level

With every new revelation which emerges, the level of public concern over the astonishing circumstances surrounding the £1.2bn sale of the National Asset Management Agency's Northern Ireland portfolio is steadily growing.

The latest material to be presented through the BBC's Spotlight programme on Monday night, following a series of related reports in this newspaper last year, makes it more important than ever that the full facts behind the biggest property deal in the history of the state are finally established.

All of the three separate investigations already under way, involving Stormont, the Dail and the UK's National Crime Agency, must be given every opportunity to reach appropriate outcomes.

However, there are already strong grounds for believing that a fully independent public inquiry, supported by the authorities on both sides of the Irish border, will ultimately be required to hold the key figures to account.

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