Northern Ireland

Standards commissioner to investigate Alex Maskey comment

The assembly Commissioner for Standards has agreed to investigate a complaint against Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey.

The DUP is alleging Mr Maskey breached the MLA code of conduct in his remarks about the Short Strand and violence.

Douglas Bain has told the DUP's Peter Weir that he is satisfied that a prima facie case exists and he is starting a probe of the issue.

Mr Maskey defended the right of Short Strand residents to throw stones in defence of their homes.

Mr Weir has complained this breaches the code, which requires MLAs to uphold the rule of law and promote good community relations.

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