Nothing Wrong with Lease Agreement Between Councillor, Ex-lover – Deloitte

Michelle Remo, “Big 4″ observer
May 30, 2011 /

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said last week that the wife of Northern Ireland first minister Peter Robinson did not commit acts of “impropriety” when she awarded a lease agreement to former lover.

Former DUP representative Iris Robinson, who paid tribute last week to Queen Elizabeth II at the Dublin Castle during Her Majesty’s historic state visit to the Republic of Ireland, was cleared of any wrongdoing in connection to the lease agreement obtained by 19-year old former lover, Kirk McCambley.

Deloitte was appointed on 2010 to conduct the independent review into the lease agreement following skeptic allegations raised against it.

Deloitte’s investigation came after Iris Robinson was implicated in a controversial lease agreement worth £50,000 in secret loans that the Castlereagh borough council awarded to McCambley.

The loans were used by McCambley to open Lock Keeper’s Inn, a cafe on the banks of the River Lagan in Belfast.

The scandalous lease agreement led to Mrs. Robinson’s resignation from the council. She also left her post in the Northern Ireland Assembly and became MP for Strangford.

Citing Deloitte’s report, DUP MLA Jimmy Spratt said “there is evidence of wrongdoing by officers of the council or either past or present councillors within the council in Castlereagh.”

He said the report made no criticism of any member of the council.

Deloitte representatives presented the accounting firm’s executive summary of the draft report last week before the Castlereagh council.

Castlereagh council said in a statement the report did not show evidence of “financial loss to the council or any impropriety by council officers or members directly involved in the assessment panel” related to the awarding of the lease agreement.

The council has started going over the final draft to “comprehensively review the report” so the councilors may respond to its contents, the statement added.

 

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