“If it was raised on the margins it was done so in an individual capacity..”

The DUP appear to be invoking a variation of the doctrine of plausible deniability [and implausible ignorance? – Ed] in response to one of the Belfast Telegraph’s David Gordon’s recent reports of the lobbying of Ian Paisley on behalf of Seymour Sweeney’s Giants’ Causeway development..

The DUP statement said: “The Belfast Telegraph has speculated that the issue of the Giant’s Causeway visitor centre was raised at St Andrews as part of a ‘shopping list’ that DUP negotiators wanted the NIO to address. This issue formed no part of the DUP’s negotiations. It was not raised by or with the party, nor was it included on any ‘shopping list’ considered and approved by the party.

“If it was raised on the margins it was done so in an individual capacity and without the party’s knowledge or consent.”