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agreed by Dublin, I'll be asking sale of its Northern portfolio
that inquiry should be
There are calls for more leadership plans are.
is used to appoint
my guests are Professor Peter throughout,
Sinn Fein says it needs to be on are still to be agreed.
Mary Lou McDonald,
Welcome to you, thanks very much from our Dublin studio.
the details still that an inquiry is indeed happening,
to be completely happy for your party
and the Labour Party
investigation to happen into Nama,
the Northern loan portfolio.
but to concede an investigation literally no other option
that has adequate scope, that has an investigation
approach, that the inquiry or
that that's under consideration.
north, they were in Britain
Sometimes this story has been very, very thorough investigation.
were in the north,
an awful lot of that bare.
Nama was created by a creature of the Dublin government.
so the decision-making and the... by subsequent government
at the heart of this, haven't you?
what did or did not happen here
you like it or not,
cannot compel witnesses
There are two jurisdictions here, in that inquiry.
cannot compel them
fundamental problem you've got.
monies that were lost are Yeah, just to finish my last point,
partition creates a problem for us.
for our part within Sinn Fein,
joint First Minister,
to be all-Ireland.
at any level or in any capacity
to support and to participate in absolutely enthusiastic
But let's put it this way -
who are asked to cooperate
well, I suppose at a minimum
draw conclusions from that.
if we are all agreed,
specifically in relation that we have a problem,
and I hope we are -
we have seen revealed through
but anybody who believes in good not just to the taxpayer,
that we need to get to
telling me how you're going
that we all think need to be answers to these questions
I mean, there's not Dublin to answer those questions?
all-Ireland investigation work.
you in the first instance is that
to us here in Dublin,
of the key players
or have Dublin-based entities actually Dublin-based,
you're quite right to point out,
have a question to answer
established by the Taoiseach, so, or away from an investigation
when she says the primary concern Minister's got it right
in this jurisdiction
of what did or did not happen we will have a clearer view
such an inquiry might actually by whomsoever wants to conduct
that Arlene Foster
Of course there are criminal that description of events.
that would arise from them.
and simply wait for all of that that we sit on our hands
inquiries and investigations
are being pursued
It's not impossible at all for us enforcement authorities.
with an investigation in Dublin,
have led from the front.
Let me cite also Mairtin O' Martin McGuinness.
Michael Noonan and has made it
department will cooperate fully.
all of us... OK.
cooperation on a voluntary basis,
OK. I want to ask you issue around compellability.
where there was a lot Fein's two-day think-in last week
timescale for standing down
and under what circumstances he knows exactly when
Gerry has... remains the leader.
No, no. We have a plan,
Mark, for us as a national party
It's about building our capacities and delivering as we are.
No, but he was talking about having here also. Crucially...
When is he going to go?
ending partition and Irish unity.
a statement, I think,
He will not be the leader will not go on forever.
Yeah, he talked about liking the in transition and as and when...
And you see when we make that we support him.
it's interesting to speculate. it... Good. ..but, you know,
Thank you. ..Dublin there,
Mary Lou McDonald.
Patricia, first of all, Pete Shirlow and Patricia MacBride.
There is a fundamental difficulty on compellability.
on this island.
in a formal inquiry
But the reality of operations everyone concedes is a difficulty.
are cooperating on matters like
There's no reason why in terms of investigations.
cooperate on criminal matters
if that exists.
if you look at things like
Location of Victims' Remains,
inquiry into the Project Eagle sale.
What about political cooperation, working cooperatively cross-border.
which aren't being different issues here
a cross-border commitment
public committees, etc.
First of all,
no crime has yet been proven.
maybe that has been important, which is trial by media,
actually here is
You can't prosecute somebody for which have different laws.
are the legislations
That's the issue. It's not... in both parts of the island. OK.
particular political party,
and hear lots more from you a OK, we'll come back to both of you
a special legal procedure to Deputy First Ministers used
With me now is the Green BBC journalist David Gordon.
what are they? I think it's a reservations about this appointment,
the Assembly in this appointment,
So it's been made in a vacuum Commissioner of Public Appointments.
a statement in which it says The Executive Office has issued
across Europe and America in Dublin, in London,
and asked him to do the job. on the shoulder
Why are we not having a about Nama.
We've seen recently just in the a north-south inquiry.
and we've all had an from the Executive Office
I mean, this is the be summed up in one sentence.
I think the fuss is about What's the fuss about?
and I think if you even look at who use of public money
journalist, he's a digger.
against effective challenge.
they can bring him into the tent, they can employ David Gordon,
is that you're all frit
you're terrified now because
I think it's the opposite. Arlene to be working for the executive.
she's challenged, she loses her rag,
OK, let's just bring in Arlene.
Well, there's an element here, there and everywhere else."
"Well, why would it not be all right have to sort of think,
because all it does is sift out to do that
I think that the problem with to make this appointment?
there you go, the best person for the job,
which is, or a George Orwell book,
That's one of the most unmannerly, of North Korea.
It made accusations about people.
"you did things like this whenever in charge, you're not in charge,
The document should've been coming out of transition needs.
That was what was issued statement, I think.
a lot of points to pick up on here.
"is a political decision, of David Gordon
Yeah. And this is something that Get over yourselves.
As a paediatric pathologist
says it will investigate
A DUP MLA reveals Northern Ireland property portfolio.
is likely to be up at Stormont it says about what the mood
to not just simply be an opposition for the opposition
responding to a government a politics which is about
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