With the Dublin Parliament already having debated the fall-out from the Smithwick Report, the TUV leader Jim Allister has called for a full debate on Smithwick in Stormont.
Commenting Jim Allister said, “When you have a report which confirms that the two most senior RUC officers to die were murdered in consequence of information supplied by the Republic’s police force to the IRA, then, it is imperative that the matter is fully ventilated and debated in Stormont. Yet, with the Assembly due to rise for Christmas on Tuesday, and the business till then already fixed, when is such a debate going to take place? I’m not talking about a 15 minute ‘Matter of the Day’ on Monday, I’m talking about a full debate of whatever hours it takes.
“The Assembly can be called either by the First Ministers acting jointly, or on foot of a requisition from 30 members. It is time this was initiated.
“The fact that the Smithwick findings are discomforting for Sinn Fein must not prevent the full debate required in Stormont.”
Meanwhile, the TUV MLA is tabling this motion:-
“That this Assembly notes with grave concern the findings of the Smithwick Tribunal, in particular, a) that Chief Superintendent Breen and Superintendent Buchanan were murdered in consequence of information leaked from the Garda Siochana to the IRA; and b) that political expediency caused cover up and denial of such collusion.”