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Government all over the place on Mahon Tribunal – Ó Caoláin

15 January, 2008


Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said the Fianna Fáil/PD/Green Government is "all over the place" with regard to the Mahon Tribunal. He said the PDs and Greens have abdicated political responsibility and that they are "trying to have it both ways" by not expressing full confidence in the Taoiseach while at the same time remaining in Government with him. He challenged them to greet the Taoiseach at Dublin Airport on his return from Africa and speak jointly to the media if they truly believe they are in a partnership government.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "Today we have heard the PD TD Noel Grealish attacking the Mahon Tribunal while his acting party leader Health Minister Mary Harney defends it. Other Government ministers have sought to undermine the Tribunal in a bid to divert attention from the Taoiseach's unanswered questions. This Government is all over the place with regard to the Tribunal which was established by the Oireachtas and voted for by all parties.

"The PDs and the Greens are trying to have it both ways by not expressing full confidence in the Taoiseach while at the same time remaining in Government with him. The Taoiseach has failed to convince people with his account of his personal and constituency finances but he seems to have done enough to prevent the Greens and the PDs from rocking the boat.

"If they truly believed they were in a partnership Government in which Bertie Ahern should remain as Taoiseach, Ministers Harney and Gormley would be at Dublin Airport to greet him on his return from Africa and to speak jointly to the media. Of course they will not do so because this is not a partnership government but one in which the PDs and Greens have abdicated political responsibility. But they share with Fianna Fáil the responsibility for the shambles in health and other public services and for which reasons above all others the Taoiseach should resign." ENDS

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