Sinn Féin exclusion from Dáil Committees undemocratic – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Dáil Group Leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described the attempt to exclude Sinn Féin from all Dáil Committees with the exception of the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement committee, as totally undemocratic and a slap in the face to the constituents who vote for the party. Deputy Ó Caoláin said 'We reject their efforts to exclude us and will fight it tooth and nail.'
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
"The blatant attempt to exclude Sinn Féin from all Dáil Committees, with the exception of the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Committee, is totally undemocratic and a slap in the face to the constituents who voted for our party. It is nothing more than a heavy headed effort to silence voices of opposition within the Dail and it will not be successful.
"Sinn Féin will not be silenced. We will not accept discrimination from Fianna Fáil, the Greens or any other party. We will be demanding our rights. We will be demanding that we are allowed to represent our constituents. We will continue to highlight the shambolic state of the health service. We will persist in outlining our alternatives for an equitable universal healthcare service, particularly in the area of cancer care.
"The government is clearly prepared to do everything they can to avoid facing a Sinn Féin TD on the Health Committee and other committees within the Dáil. They don't want Mary Harney to be properly held to account. However we will challenge them every day of the week and will continue to resist their efforts to exclude us from our right of membership to the committees of our choice." ENDS