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DUP MP describes Nama claims as "a lot of ado about nothing"

East Belfast DUP MP Gavin Robinson has described claims about Nama's northern loan book as "a lot of ado about nothing" Picture by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
East Belfast DUP MP Gavin Robinson has described claims about Nama's northern loan book as "a lot of ado about nothing" Picture by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker East Belfast DUP MP Gavin Robinson has described claims about Nama's northern loan book as "a lot of ado about nothing" Picture by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A DUP MP has dismissed allegations that money from the sale of Nama’s northern loan book was destined for the bank account of a politician as "a lot of ado about nothing."

East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson made the remark during a debate at the West Belfast Talks Back event, part of Féile an Phobail, when asked for his reaction to claims made by independent Wexford TD Mick Wallace.

Mr Wallace claimed in the Dáil last month that £7 million lodged in an Isle of Man bank account by Tughans former managing partner Ian Coulter was destined for a northern politician.

Mr Robinson said: "I do suspect that in the fullness of time people will think that this was a lot of ado about nothing."

"I believe that when we have the half truths and half baked ideas investigated and the reality is shown, it will not be anywhere near the issue that has been covered over this silly season."

The east Belfast MP said there would not be evidence to "support any of the rumours and innuendos."

Mr Robinson said: "I think that this issue is suffering from a disservice. Whatever happened to due process?"

He added: "It seems as if everyone has decided what happened in this situation but the facts and the details are not there to support any of the rumours and innuendos sitting out there."

Mr Robinson’s comments come as the Stormont Committee investigating the sale of Nama’s northern porfolio plans to compel officials from both sides of the border to appear as witnesses at its hearings.

The finance and personnel committee is to take legal advice but hopes senior Nama officials and DFP permanent secretary David Sterling will attend.

Sinn Féin Dublin councillor Eoin O Broin, who was also speaking at the Féile event, hit out at the Department of Finance in both jurisdictions, which he accused of "refusing to fully co-operate with an Assembly committee."

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