Ó Caoláin expresses sympathy with Cullen on his ill health
Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has expressed sympathy with Martin Cullen on his resignation due to ill health. Deputy Ó Caoláin said Minister Cullen’s further resignation as a Dáil Deputy was a shock that will no doubt have an effect on the stability of the Government.
He called on Taoiseach Brian Cowen to now call a general election.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“While I and my colleagues in Sinn Féin have had many harsh words to say about the former Minister it is always a sad occasion when someone is forced to resign as a result of an illness and I sympathise with Martin Cullen and wish him a return to better health in the future.
“While is was widely expected that he would resign from the cabinet his resignation as a Dáil Deputy has come as a shock and it will no doubt have an effect on the stability of the Government.
“This now leaves Brian Cowen and his Government facing three by-elections. The most honourable thing for Taoiseach Cowen and this Government would be would be to stand down and allow for a general election without further delay.” ENDS