Eric Waugh is incredulous at the storm which quickly brewed up last week over the Causeway Visitors Centre. In fact, he argues, the developer concerned is a very wealthy man, and a member of the DUP, though not its benefactor. Waugh cautions the party’s nationalist critics against making unsupported allegations, and notes the nature of the questions still outstanding for the taoiseach:
Perhaps Sinn Fein and the SDLP succumb too easily to the temptation to transfer the strong-smelling political culture of the Republic across the border. At the moment when the Taoiseach, Mr Ahern, is taking the stand in Dublin to account for the circumstances in which he received a suitcase containing £30,000 in banknotes – and allegedly two other similar payments – from businessmen in the 1990s, they should be cautious.
Bertiegate would have done for the leader of any other government in western Europe long ago. Remember the former Northern Ireland Secretary, Peter Mandelson, and the loan for his Notting Hill mortgage? He resigned.
Seymour Sweeney is claiming that his proposals have been detailed to Mechtild Rossler, European chief of heritage sites at the organisation, and she was “impressed” with his idea.