McKay quits Sinn Fein over Nama ‘error of judgement’

Thursday, 8 December 2016

FORMER North Antrim Sinn Fein MLA, Daithí McKay, last week revealed he has quit the party.
Mr McKay stood down from the Assembly in August over claims he coached loyalist blogger, Jamie Bryson, to give evidence to a Stormont inquiry into Nama and was suspended from the party.
Nama is the Republic of Ireland's 'bad bank,' set up to deal with toxic loans after the 2008 property crash.
In early September the Guardian exclusively revealed Mid and East Antrim councillor, Paul Maguire, and 17 North Antrim party activists quit in protest at how Mr McKay had been treated.
The move sent shock waves through Republican circles.
Former North Antrim MLA Phillip McGuigan, was chosen to replace 34-year-old Mr McKay following his resignation.
In his first broadcast interview since his resignation, Mr McKay said he "regrets nothing."
“People always make mistakes," he told BBC Radio Foyle last week.
“I think that's important to realise but there's nobody out there who has not made a mistake in their work or life.
“I moved on from all this the day after I resigned and I think most of the public have moved on from this as well, so I don't dwell on it and I don't think there's any need to dwell on it."
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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