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Morgan ejected from Dáil chamber as he accuses Harney of lying

11 November, 2008


Louth Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan has been thrown out of the Dáil Chamber this afternoon after he accused the Minister for Health Mary Harney of lying to the house when she denied in a Parliamentary Reply that she had received a copy of the report in to the circumstances of the death of Tania McCabe and her baby son at Lourde's Hospital.

When asked by the Leas Ceann Comhairle to withdraw the accusation Deputy Morgan said, "It would be far more important that I defend my constituents from the lies of Mary Harney than to comply with the rules of the Dáil."

He said, "The Minister for Health & Children should apologise to the House for misleading it last week when she denied in a Parliamentary Reply that she had received a copy of the report in to the circumstances surrounding the death of Tania McCabe and her baby son at Lourde's Hospital when, in fact, as was stated by the HSE in a statement to the Loose Talk programme on LMFM radio on May 7th last, the Minister did receive a copy of the Report when it was made public.

"The Minister must explain why she denied receiving the Report; and explain why, if she did not receive the Report as she claims, she did not seek a copy of the Report."

Speaking when he left the chamber Deputy Morgan said, "The fact the Mary Harney did not seek a copy of this report illustrates how disinterested she is in the delivery of health services. She should be removed from office immediately." ENDS

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