“whilst there may be evidence of a smoked lobster, there is, at this stage anyway, no smoking gun..”

Mark Devenport notes that despite some feverish speculation on the Causeway controversy, there is not as yet anything to see here yet.

During an extremely confident performance in front of the Stormont Environment Committee this morning, Arlene Foster stressed that Seymour Sweeney’s private proposal for a Causeway Visitor Centre is still very much on her ‘tentative list’. He may be in pole position but no final decision has been taken and she hopes her announcement will provoke some dialogue between the planning service, the developer and the key stakeholders such as Moyle Council and the National Trust.

She was also adamant that she met no one lobbying for or against the private planning application and that no member of her party made representations to her about the matter.

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