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NI Fire Service: Ex-chiefs to be questioned by MLAs

  • 2-13-2013

Four men who held senior positions in the Fire Service are to be questioned by MLAs over financial irregularities and the handling of staff grievances.

They are: former chief fire officers Colin Lammey and Peter Craig, ex-acting chief Louis Jones and an ex-chairman of the fire board William Gillespie.

The organisation has been at the centre of three investigations including one by the Department of Health.

The chairman of the health committee said answers were needed.

Sue Ramsay said they wanted the recommendations in the reports to be implemented.

"We have been probing into some of the detail and the outworkings of some of these reports," she said.

"We felt it was important that we get the three former chief fire officers in front of the committee and the former chair of the board... so we can get the answers to the questions that we've been asking."

Last week, the BBC revealed that finance director Terry McGonigal had resigned.

He had been off on sick leave since December. His position has been temporarily filled by an agency worker.

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