“an abuse of the democratic process..”

The BBC are/were reporting this morning that members of the Assembly’s Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee were due to be shown plans for a sports stadium at the site of the former Maze prison by the Culture Minister, the DUP’s Edwin Poots – also here. And the report claimed, “the BBC understands both the business cases for the stadium and the entire Maze site should be with Finance Minister Peter Robinson by the end of this week.” However, according to another (later) report, all is not well..

Members claimed they had been left in the dark without sight of any business plan and accused the department of using them in a public relations exercise.

The meeting was adjourned for one hour, jeopardising the minister`s planned evidence session on the 37,000-seater venue. DUP committee member Nelson McCausland said: “Until the process is complete this is an absolute waste of time having any sort of presentation.

“It seems to me that this committee is being used this morning as a platform to justify a PR exercise outside this room and to use the committee this way is an abuse of the democratic process.”