Wells apologises for Ross’ condemnation of Committee chairman

I don’t think we covered the original kerfuffle when, last Thursday, the DUP’s Alastair Ross, a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Regional Developmnent Committee, “issued a press statement condemning the conduct of the chairman Fred Cobain [UUP]”. Apparently the conduct in question was the committee’s two-day trip to Dublin, which included a presentation to the Dáil’s transport committee. But the aftermath of the subsequent apology is certainly worth noting, as reported by Martina Purdy

Although Mr Ross was absent from the committee when the apology was made, [committee vice-chairman] Mr [Jim] Wells [DUP] expressed regret about what had happened, suggesting it was due to inexperience and “crossed wires”. Mr Wells acknowledged the committee chairman was abiding by the committee’s decisions.

He added: “Could I also apologise for any confusion that was caused by subsequent events after that visit and particularly to the chairman who was placed, I thought, in a very difficult position because of that? “Could I assure the chairman and the clerk we’ll ensure that situation never arises again?”

[Has anyone seen Alastair Ross recently? – Ed] Adds In the comments zone Nevin points to the archived Ross condemnation.More from Martina Purdy’s report

Ulster Unionist assembly member John McCallister, who had to defend his own conduct when questioned by a BBC reporter, said Mr Ross should personally apologise.

He said his statement had been “dreadful”.

Mr McCallister also claimed it had poisoned the atmosphere and had left a “bad taste in the mouth”.

Sinn Féin’s Cathal Boylan said he too had felt upset and wondered whether the committee should proceed with its visit to Scotland in a few months time.

The SDLP’s John Dallat, who was named in Mr Ross’s statement, said he would also be reconsidering the trip.

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  • joeCanuck

    Can nobody in that f*****g place apologise properly?
    First we had the SF “apology” which might or might not have been one and now we have an apology from agent. Geez.

  • Comrade Stalin

    What exactly did Ross condemn – the fact that they made a presentation to the Dail ?!? Or is there another dimension ?

  • Alastair (cached): “Fred Cobain needs to admit that he made a mistake and say sorry to the Unionist people of Northern Ireland.”

  • “Alastair .. was educated at Harmony Hill Primary School and Friends School Lisburn.”

    So much for harmony and friends ..

    “Shortly after the [2005] election Alastair took up a post as Parliamentary Researcher for Sammy Wilson MP MLA, preparing official submissions and compiling research for Westminster debates and committee hearings.”

    Is Sammy still quoting from them?


  • joeCanuck

    Omigod! Fred Cobain referred to the Maiden City as “Derry”. Absolutely shocking. The man should be whipped. Total treason.

  • Cross has been ‘cachiered’ by the DUPlicitous Google, Joe ..

  • Comrade Stalin

    Joe, yes indeed. You always know you’re in the company of a complete cock when they correct you over the name of the city (either way).

  • I see the Alastair cached link has had over 100 hits already. That might be more than it had on his own site …