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Taoiseach faces a serious credibility problem - Ó Caoláin

25 September, 2007

Speaking ahead of the resumption of the Dáil tomorrow Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has noted that tomorrow also marks one year exactly since the Taoiseach's infamous interview with Brian Dobson. Despite being questioned before the Tribunal for three and a half days he still has not adequately answered serious questions regarding his personal finances.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"There has clearly been a lack of prudence in the Taoiseach's decision making and he needs to accept that the vast majority of people believe that there is a credibility gap.

"Mr Ahern has not sufficiently answered questions in relation to receiving money from business friends in Dublin in 1993, from business people in Manchester in 1994 and a briefcase of money from a Manchester based business man later that year.

"The seriousness of what is at stake has nearly been lost in the minutia of foreign exchange transactions and the soap opera style coverage of some of the media.

"The Taoiseach needs to deal with this issue and do so immediately. It is vital that people can have trust in the Office of Taoiseach and that is not the case at present.

"The fact is that the focus of government is being taken away from serious issues. Instead of doing their jobs, minister after minister is coming out to defend the Taoiseach.

"I have never seen a government as badly prepared for the return of the Dáil as this one. This is deeply worrying given the serious challenges facing the economy and our public services.

"Fianna Fáil has presided over a catalogue of failures and delays in cancer care. I am left with little confidence that this government can and will tackle the chaotic state of the country's health service." CRíOCH

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