Ostrich politics as Stormont returns

The Ulster Unionist Party has expressed deep frustration that the return of business after the Stormont recess is marked by refusal to address any of the big issues that have arisen over the summer.

Ulster Unionist Leader, Mike Nesbitt MLA, said:

"To read today's running order you would never know that the UK has voted to leave the EU, or that an MLA was forced to resign over how he behaved as Chair of a Statutory Committee, or that a man the DUP appointed to NAMA's NI Advisory Panel appears to have accepted £40,000 cash in a clear conflict of interest.

The Leader of the Opposition continued:

"I am disappointed we were unsuccessful in requesting the first day back began with a short debate on the latest NAMA allegations. 

"This head in the sand ostrich approach does nothing to protect the integrity or relevance of the institutions under the control of DUP/Sinn Fein."

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