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Members of the Culture Committee were perplexed by a response they received from the Minister Edwin Poots. The DUP's Nelson McCausland found the letter confusing and thought it had obviously been written by a civil servant.
The committee chairman Sinn Fein's Barry McElduff cheerfully explained his theory that the government used to have standard letters signed by a civil servant who he suspected did not exist.
Quick as a flash, the Ulster Unionist David McNarry reminded the republican that the IRA had its own fictional letter writer.
That is, of course, unless the real Mr P. O'Neill cares to identify himself now.