Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has described the debacle in the Seanad over the banking enquiry as “shambolic and symptomatic of the dysfunctional nature of this Fine Gael and Labour government.”
Teachta Adams said: “What happened to government claims only three years ago of a ‘democratic revolution’ and promises of greater accountability, transparency and honesty?
This is stroke politics and a throwback to the worst kind of politics practised by Fianna Fáil.
“This is not about getting to the truth. This is about Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil stacking the inquiry to cover-up for the disastrous policies that both have pursued.
“Last week the selection committee agreed the membership of the Oireachtas Committee to agree the terms of reference of the Banking Inquiry.
“The government didn’t like the result and today it engaged in a scandalous piece of political shenanigans to get its way and to ensure a majority on the banking inquiry committee.
“Fine Gael and Labour Seanadóirí should be ashamed of their actions this morning.
“Their decision to add two Government Seanadóirí to the committee is a deliberate and cynical gerrymandering of the political system in order that the government may control the outcome of the inquiry. This undermines the integrity of the banking inquiry committee and especially of the government.”