DUP makes a *quiet* apology to its own councillor…

Aha, he hasn’t gone away you know. Eamonn Mallie picks up a nicely telling little detail on the Red Sky story:

It has been confirmed that the DUP Special Advisor to DSD Minister Nelson McCausland, Stephen Brimstone, has apologised to Lisburn Councillor Jenny Palmer over a Housing Executive vote.

Ms Palmer who is a member of the Housing Executive Board alleged in a BBC Spotlight programme that Mr Brimstone called her and allegedly put pressure on her regarding a Housing Executive Board vote linked to a contractor carrying out work for the Executive.

And my tweet of the week, is this nifty follow up from Fergal Duffy…

More of that sort of thing Eamonn… He finishes by noting that “Inexplicably, no public statement has yet surfaced.”

Nor will it, I suspect. The cavalier way the press is being used by both only to push ‘good’ stories, or stories that are politically useful to the army of party and government PROs could do with some serious questioning, by the press themselves…

Meanwhile, no further news on that odd development in the Paul Quinn/Aidan Donohoe story

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  • Rory Carr

    I understand also that the First Minister enveloped Mrs Palmer in a hug. I have tried to envisage such a moment but only with difficulty.

    I don’t think that I will attempt any comment thereon.

    I must say though that Mr Brimstone who appears to be somewhat in the mode of the new Universal character on television, Ray Donovan bears a terrific name for the kind of heavy duty he is called upon to perform to keep Nelson McCausland sweet and clean.

  • cynic2

    But what did he apologise for? Presumably this largely stuffs the libel action against the BBC?

  • Pigeon Toes

    “gave her a hug when she put out her hand to say good-bye to him at the end of the meeting.”

    How utterly insulting..(Unless wee hugs are given to everyone in the normal course of business :))

  • Cynic2 [6.07] Perhaps the threatened legal action was about the programme generally. Suggests they cut to the bone at Spotlight leaving the DUP with nowhere to go.Nelson should be afraid, as in VERY afraid.