Oral Questions lottery flooded to avoid accountability – Ó Caoláin
March 20, 2013
Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has accused Minister James Reilly of flooding the Oral Questions lottery in the Dáil in order to prevent opposition spokespeople from holding him to account.
Deputy Ó Caoláin pointed to the 91 questions tabled by Fine Gael Deputies 83 of which he said appeared to be drawn by a single hand.
Speaking today Deputy Ó Caoláin said;
“Of the 165 questions for oral answer in the Dáil today 91 were tabled in the name of Fine Gael Deputies. Of these, only eight appear to be genuinely constructed by the named deputy.
“The other 83 look as if they were drawn up by a single hand in a blatant attempt to flood the lottery resulting in five of the first six oral questions appearing in the names of Fine Gael Deputies and preventing opposition spokespeople from holding the Minister for Health to account.
“When the Minister took office he claimed that he would re-take responsibility for answering questions from the HSE in order to restore accountability in his office. Today’s actions show that he is resorting to shameful actions to avoid accountability.”