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Sinn Fein attacks Labour hypocrisy on proposals for Dáil reform

30 October, 2003

Sinn Féin Dáil whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh has accused the Labour party of hypocrisy in their new Dáil reform proposals. Accusing the Labour party of putting 'pride before principle' and indulging in 'a backroom deal with Fianna Fáil to let Bertie Ahern out of the Dáil'

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

"I listened with disbelief to the leader of the Labour party today complaining that the Taoiseach is not available often enough in the Dáil to answer questions as if they had nothing to do with his absence. The truth is that the Labour party indulged in a shameful backroom deal with Fianna Fáil after the election to let Bertie Ahern out of the Dáil on Thursdays.

"Unable to face being behind the newly formed Technical Group, which includes Sinn Féin, in the speaking order, the Labour party put petty concerns about who got to speak first over the need to hold Government accountable. In exchange for changes to the speaking order, the Labour party was happy enough to let Bertie Ahern off the hook. Pride came before principle.

"To condemn this now is an act of hypocrisy. The fact of the matter is that Labour were bought by Fianna Fáil very cheaply and no amount of spin and calls for Dáil reform will reverse that." ENDS

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