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Gareth Robinson/Ian Coulter/Frank Cushnahan: Ministerial Meetings

Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:00 pm on 13th October 2015.

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Photo of Sandra Overend Sandra Overend UUP 3:00 pm, 13th October 2015

T1. Mrs Overend asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether she has met with Gareth Robinson, Ian Coulter or Frank Cushnahan in any of her ministerial roles and, if so, was NAMA ever discussed. (AQT 2991/11-16)

Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

To answer the last part of the Member's question: no, NAMA was never discussed. Have I met Gareth Robinson? Yes, I have. Have I met Ian Coulter? It would be rather strange if I had not because he was chair of the CBI when I was the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. Have I met Frank Cushnahan in my ministerial role? I do not believe so. I have met him, but I do not believe that I have met him as a Minister.

Photo of Sandra Overend Sandra Overend UUP

I thank the Minister. Was the idea of fixers' fees of millions of pounds mentioned at any stage?

Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

I am tempted to say, "Unfortunately not", but that may be construed wrongly. No, at no time were fixers' fees mentioned to me. As the Member will realise, I was the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment up to May of this year, and at no time were those matters discussed with me.