“we are checking protocols to determine if proper procedures were followed”

An odd little story reported by the BBC here – in light of yesterday’s “fragile flower” ruling. Apparently an arranged meeting between East Antrim MLAs Ken Robinson of the UUP, Sean Neeson of the Alliance Party and the DUP’s Sammy Wilson, members of Belfast High School’s board of governors and officials from the Department of Education was cancelled by the Education Minister, Sinn Féin’s Caitríona Ruane, because Sammy Wilson had originally requested the meeting through the Private Office of the Environment Minister. There was an attempt to raise it as a point of order in the NI Assembly. From the BBC report.

In a statement, the Department of Education said: “A point of order was raised in the Assembly this evening regarding a request from the Private Office of the Environment Minister to meet with officials from the Department of Education. “As this was on a constituency matter and not a ministerial matter we are checking protocols to determine if proper procedures were followed, as Departmental Private Offices should have no role in constituency matters.”


Discover more from Slugger O'Toole

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.

We are reader supported. Donate to keep Slugger lit!

For over 20 years, Slugger has been an independent place for debate and new ideas. We have published over 40,000 posts and over one and a half million comments on the site. Each month we have over 70,000 readers. All this we have accomplished with only volunteers we have never had any paid staff.

Slugger does not receive any funding, and we respect our readers, so we will never run intrusive ads or sponsored posts. Instead, we are reader-supported. Help us keep Slugger independent by becoming a friend of Slugger. While we run a tight ship and no one gets paid to write, we need money to help us cover our costs.

If you like what we do, we are asking you to consider giving a monthly donation of any amount, or you can give a one-off donation. Any amount is appreciated.