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Lyric Theatre contract 'likely rigged' says Stormont's spending watchdog

13 November 2013 Last updated at 19:01 GMT

Stormont's spending watchdog has said it has a "strong impression" that the awarding of the £11m contract for the rebuilding of Belfast's Lyric Theatre was "rigged and manipulated".

However, the most senior civil servant in the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has said he did not believe there was evidence to support the claim.

BBC NI economics and business editor John Campbell reports.