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Morgan calls for Coughlan’s resignation

25 September, 2009


Sinn Féin Finance Spokesman Arthur Morgan has called for the resignation of Mary Coughlan, Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, following her involvement in the golden handshake for Rody Molloy. Morgan said in his opinion the public had all the facts it needed and it was clear the deal done with the former FÁS Director was crooked and should be reneged on. He called on the Greens to quit their pretence of being concerned about honesty in government dealings and stop propping up Ireland's golden circle.

Morgan said:

“Mary Coughlan has no authority to hand huge sums of taxpayers’ money to people accused of corruption and fraud. This revelation says everything about this government – even when someone is found out to have been skimming the state, Fianna Fáil and the Greens are happy to give them a golden handshake than to pursue justice on behalf of the public.

“The Tanaiste must resign after her involvement in this sordid matter. The deal made with Rody Molloy should be reneged on. I would go further and say that Mr Molloy should be forced to pay the taxpayer back expenses that he abused while director of FÁS.

“At a time when the government is determined to cut child benefit, hospital services and sell out our education system, Sinn Féin will not stand for corrupted business as usual from this government and the likes of Rody Molloy and his ilk. The Greens need to quit their pretence of being concerned about honesty in government dealings and stop propping up Ireland's golden circle. It's clear this deal was crooked and all those involved in it must be held to account.

“Mary Coughlan’s involvement in this crooked deal has made her position untenable and she should resign from the cabinet immediately.” ENDS

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