Lo calls for report’s release

Alliance MLA Anna Lo has called for a completed report into former DUP politician Iris Robinson to be released immediately after it was revealed it is still being held up by a legal challenge.

Ms Lo, in her capacity as Deputy Chair of the Assembly Committee on Standards and Privileges, was speaking after hearing from the Assembly Commissioner for Standards on the issue today (Wednesday).

The Commissioner informed the Committee that the investigation into allegations made in a BBC Spotlight programme in January 2010 regarding Mrs Robinson was completed in November 2013. However, the submission of the report has been delayed by a legal challenge to its contents by a person referred to in the report.

When pushed by Ms Lo, the Commissioner was unable to inform the Committee who that person was or when the report could conceivably be published.

“I find this situation unacceptable,” said the South Belfast MLA.

“The report is completed but it is still to see the light of day. Ironically, the programme and many of its allegations surround transparency in politics, so to have it placed in deep freeze while a legal challenge is ongoing is objectionable.

“The public deserve to have openness in the institutions. Without this report being released immediately, it is understandable that many people will remain without confidence in many local politicians and parties.”


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