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Government’s GSOC inquiry is like the fox designing the chicken coop – O’Brien

18 February, 2014 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien has said that entrusting the terms of reference, for any inquiry into the GOSC controversy, to Minister Alan Shatter would be like allowing the fox to design the chicken coop.

Deputy O’Brien was speaking on during the debate on the Sinn Féin PMB calling for an independent inquiry into the matter.

He said:

“Who is to gain by not having a fully independent inquiry? Who gained by the Minister coming into the Dáil and being less than forthcoming when addressing the matter last week?

“In light of these questions, and they are questions that only he can answer, entrusting the terms of reference to the Minister Shatter would be like allowing the fox to design the chicken coop.

“This is an issue that goes to the heart of the credibility of the administration of policing and justice in this state.

“These questions must be answered in order to allay the fears of citizens.

“We must have a truly independent inquiry - one where the terms of reference are not entrusted solely to the Minister.

“What the Government has offered today falls far short of such a demand.”

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