Matters arising from PAC’s interrogation of NIW and DRD

Slugger has had sight of the letter (update: copied – below the fold) on Phoenix Gas headed note paper and signed as Group Chief Executive, Peter Dixon sent to Paul Maskey, chair of Stormont’s Public Accounts Committee complaining of insinuations made by PAC members Patsy McGlone, John Dallat and Dawn Purvis against him as a pro Bono member of the internal review panel during last Thursday’s gripping three and a half hour session of the PAC at Stormont.

Update: Nevin has a transcription here.

Slugger understands that at least one of those members has written in reply to ask whether, having written on his company’s headed note paper, was he writing in his capacity as Chief Executive with the approval of the board of Phoenix Gas and/or their owners Terra Firma.

It should also be noted that despite Mr Dixon’s allusion to possible legal proceedings, all of what passed inside the PAC is covered by ‘parliamentary privilege’. Please note that Slugger readers have no such rights!!

Here is the letter in full (apologies for the poor quality – it has been copied from an iPhone photo)

Dixon letter page one

Dixon letter page two

In the meantime, several important clarifications remain outstanding for both Mr Priestly and Mr McKenzie. Contrary what is often thought within our long self directed senior civil servants the present and future will *not* look better if the past is kept in the dark. It is becoming clear there is a great deal more to this story than we yet know.

Perhaps the PAC should as it’s chair alluded last Thursday, and pursue these matters in the recess?

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