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Minister who broke ranks “considering best way forward”

Wednesday 29 March 2023

Minister who broke ranks “considering best way forward”

Wednesday 29 March 2023


A Minister who broke ranks to accuse the Government of being “disingenuous” over the reasons behind CEO Suzanne Wylie’s resignation has hinted he could be ready to walk out.

Despite stating during a TV interview on Monday that felt had made progress towards addressing concerns with the Chief Minister, by around 15:00 yesterday that position had changed.

"I think I may have been over optimistic yesterday in believing that problems I have identified could be resolved," he said in a statement.

"As such, I am going to take a few days to consider the best way forward."

During an interview on Saturday, Deputy Binet described a "tense atmosphere" within Broad Street, where he said Mrs Wylie needed greater support and a happier working environment and raised questions over the transparency shown by government. 

During last week's States sitting on 21 March, Deputy Chief Minister Kirsten Morel told the Assembly that he was unaware of any other future resignations when being asked about the departures of Chief Officer of Health and Community Services, Caroline Landon, and Chief Nurse Rose Naylor. Mrs Wylie's resignation was announced less than 24 hours later.

Video: The Deputy Chief Minister - who knew about Mrs Wylie's departure at the time - made a joke on the topic of resignations in last week's States Assembly meeting.

Deputy Moore said that while Mrs Wylie had informed her that she intended to resign several days earlier, the announcement could only be made once the resignation had been formalised in writing. 

But on Monday that story changed, with the Chief Minister apologising for not being "clear" in a pre-recorded video statement.

In a statement, she said that Mrs Wylie's resignation was received by letter on 14 March, and that Deputy Morel had been informed right away.

She said her Deputy Chief had believed the question in the States Assembly about future resignations to be about the Health Department.

Yesterday, Mrs Wylie's resignation letter was released by government. In it, she said: "It was never my intention to leave after such a short period, however my circumstances are now such that I intend to take up a role back in Northern Ireland."

The Chief Minister's acceptance letter was also released - it was penned nine days later, and 24 hours after the news of Mrs Wylie's departure was made public.

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