Northern Ireland

Call for NIFRS chairman to resign

Members of the Public Accounts Committee have called for the resignation of the chairman of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS).

The SDLP's John Dallat called for "a further deep-dive investigation" into the affairs of NIFRS and said he thought the chairman, Dr Joe McKee, "should go".

Trevor Clarke of the DUP echoed Mr Dallat's call, saying he was left with "little or no confidence in that person".

Three investigations were carried out into NIFRS following allegations about fraud, unapproved bonuses and failures to deal with staff grievances in the organisation.

Whistleblower Linda Ford won £20,000 compensation after she took a case against the service.