The assistance of public money, services or personal in the lawsuit between the Minister for Health and Van Morrison

Our Ref: FOI 52-21

25 November 2021



Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”)

I am writing to confirm that the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission (Assembly Commission) has processed your request dated 10 November 2021 in line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In your request, you asked:

“Regarding the attempt by Mr Robin Swann to sue Van Morrison for defamation could I have the following assurances:

That no public money, services, or personal are assisting with this suit. Either in the past, present or future.”

The Assembly Commission does not hold any information in relation to this matter.

You have the right to request a formal review by the Assembly Commission and if you wish to do so, please write to me at the above address.

If after such an internal review you are still unhappy with the response, you have the right to appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF who will undertake an independent review.

The Assembly Commission may publish details of your FOI request and our official response within the organisational disclosure log. The request will be completely anonymised and you will not be identified in any way. This is to meet the requirements as laid out by in the agreed publication scheme with the Information Commissioners’ Office.


Yours sincerely