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Seán Fitzpatrick must be thoroughly questioned – Ó Snodaigh

6 January, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin Social and Family Affairs spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said the Government’s priorities can clearly be seen by the fact that Seán Fitzpatrick has yet to be questioned by authorities over the concealment of €87million in secret loans while there has been a serious crackdown on social welfare fraud.

He said the Government’s cave-in to senior civil servants on pay cuts while lower paid public sector workers bear the brunt of cutbacks is another example of this Government’s prioritisation of the privileged over the less well off in society.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“The revelation that Seán Fitzpatrick has yet to be questioned by any relevant authority over his concealment of €87million in secret loans is a disgrace. Justice Minister Dermot Ahern must step in and ensure that this case is properly investigated and that Seán Fitzpatrick is thoroughly questioned.

“Considering the Government’s recent crackdown on social welfare fraud and the failure to properly investigate the actions of Seán Fitzpatrick it is clear where the Government’s priorities lie.

“The Government’s cave-in to senior civil servants on pay cuts while lower paid public sector workers bear the brunt of cutbacks is another example of this Government’s prioritisation of the privileged over the less well off in society.

“Quite clearly the Government has its priorities backwards. It seeks to protect the wealth of the privileged class while targeting the least well off sections of society to pay for the economic crisis.” ENDS

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