Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael come together to let Taoiseach off the hook - Senator Paul Gavan
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael voted together this afternoon to block a proposal from Sinn Féin to bring the Taoiseach into the Upper House in order to address the Seanad on the resignation of the Tánaiste.
Speaking afterwards, Seanadóir Gavan said:
"The political crisis arising from the attempts by the then Minster for Justice and former Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, to collude with others to malign Sergeant McCabe and her reluctant resignation today require further explanation by the Taosieach.
"I proposed in the Seanad today that Order of Buisness be amended to ask the Taosieach to address the Seanad on this pressing matter, which had the Fine Gael government reeling from one email revelation to another, daily, for the last week.
"Sinn Féin believes it is the Taosieach's duty to immediately attend a sitting of the Seanad and to give account for this appalling state of affairs.
"Our proposal was blocked by Fine Gael colluding with Fianna Fáil in an attempt to deprive the Seanad from asking the Taoiseach pertinent questions about this sordid affair.
"Their actions are not only a snub of the Seanad and its scrutiny role of the government it is also an insult to those who elect the Seanadóiri and to the general public more broadly.
"Sinn Féin will rigorously and relentlessly pursue the truth about the smear campaign against Sergeant McCabe and we will follow the email trail wherever it leads."