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Ahern's lobbying for casino prejudices his role in review of legislation - Ó Snodaigh

25 April, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern should not proceed with his review of legislation on casinos as his position is no longer tenable after it was revealed today that he has lobbied for support for a casino in his constituency on bahalf of one of his key political allies.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

"The revelation that Dermot Ahern has lobbied for support for a casino in his own constituency means his should no longer lead the review of legislation covering casinos as his position in that regard is now untenable.  His lobbying shows that he is clearly in favour of casinos and therefore he is not impartial and should have nothing to do with the review of legislation.

"As this is one of the key roles of the Minister for Justice his position as Minister must also be scrutinised.  The fact that he was lobbying on behalf of one of his key constituency allies brings an added sense of murkyness to this whole episode." ENDS

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