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Fianna Fáil/Green Government could learn from actions of Minister Conor Murphy

12 March, 2010 - by Martin Ferris TD


Responding to the news that Sinn Féin's Minister for Regional Development in the Northern Executive Conor Murphy has sacked a number of members of Northern Ireland Water Board, including the chairperson, for mismanagement, North Kerry TD Martin Ferris has suggested that the Fianna Fáil/Green government could learn a thing or two from his swift and decisive action.

Deputy Ferris said that Minister Murphy's actions stand in stark contrast with the Government's handling of the scandal involving former senior members of FÁS including Roddy Molloy, who was given a large payout for his resignation.

Deputy Ferris said:

"I want to commend Sinn Féin Minister Conor Murphy for his swift and decisive action in sacking senior board members of Northern Ireland Water when it was found that there was serious mismanagement in relation to the awarding of contracts.

“His actions, aimed at restoring public confidence, stand in stark contrast with the dithering of Minister Mary Coughlan and her colleagues when the scandal about the waste of public money by the Board of FÁS.

“Roddy Molloy, who had presided over the waste of millions of taxpayers money, was given a golden handshake and a pension worth almost €2 million in order for him to resign.

"Perhaps the Fianna Fáil/Green government could learn a thing or two from the actions of Conor Murphy. However, I seriously doubt that anyone in this government is capable or willing to take such decisive action.” ENDS

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