Project Eagle: Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson will be invited to appear before PAC

Both asked to attend committee hearing over discussion of deal in 2014 phone call

Martin McGuinness, peter robinson

Martin McGuinness (left) and Peter Robinson (right) at a 2012 conference in Dublin | File photo: RollingNews.ie

Former Northern Ireland first minister Peter Robinson is to be invited before the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee over the sale of Project Eagle.

The current deputy first minister, Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, is also due to receive an invitation.

The pair are being asked to attend over a phone call in January 2014 where the deal was discussed with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.

Mr Noonan is scheduled to appear before the committee on October 6th.

He confirmed last night that he had accepted the PAC’s invitation, following repeated calls by opposition leaders for him to explain his knowledge of the transaction,

It comes after a review by the C&AG review concluded that the sale of NAMA's Northern Irish loan book to US firm Cerberus led to a loss of around €222 million to the Irish taxpayer. The agency denies the finding.  

PAC chairman Seán Fleming has said that the findings show there was a "significant deviation" from the agency's normal marketing and sales process.

Among the others that will be asked to answer questions by the PAC are NAMA chairman Frank Daly and chief executive Brendan McDonagh,