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Ó Caoláin urges Fine Gael and Labour to back Sinn Féin motion of no confidence in Taoiseach

10 January, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has urged Fine Gael and the Labour Party to back the Sinn Féin motion of no confidence in Taoiseach Brian Cowen, in light of the revelation of the previously undisclosed meeting between the Taoiseach and Seán Fitzpatrick in July 2008. Deputy Ó Caoláin accused the Taoiseach and Social Protection Minister Éamon Ó Cuív of “a sly attempt to muddy the waters” by citing the fact that the Taoiseach had spoken to Ó Caoláin and guests in the Druid’s Glen hotel at a wedding reception attended by the Sinn Féin Dáil leader.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“The Taoiseach Brian Cowen and the Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan have repeatedly claimed that they gave all relevant information in their possession to the Dáil at the time of the bank guarantee and subsequently. They have also repeatedly claimed that to their knowledge the crisis at Anglo-Irish Bank in 2008 was one of liquidity rather than solvency.

“We were not given the full information then or since. This is further confirmed by the revelation of a meeting between the Taoiseach Brian Cowen and the chair of Anglo-Irish Bank Seán Fitzpatrick in July 2008.

“We are expected to believe that this meeting between the head of Government and the head of a corrupt bank which was about to collapse was purely for the purpose of a round of golf and a meal. The Tánaiste Mary Coughlan has asked us to stretch credibility further by saying that the Taoiseach was not ‘in anyone’s particular company’. Did the Taoiseach have a practice of turning up uninvited for golf and dinner?

“Prior to the Christmas recess the Sinn Féin TDs tabled a Dáil motion of no confidence in Taoiseach Brian Cowen. We now call on Fine Gael and the Labour Party to support that motion and have it debated in Dáil Private Members Time this week.

“The Taoiseach and Minister for Social Protection Éamon Ó Cuív have made a sly attempt to muddy the waters by citing the fact that the Taoiseach had spoken to myself and other guests in the Druid’s Glen hotel at a wedding reception I was attending. This was of course totally unrelated to the Taoiseach’s meeting with Seán Fitzpatrick of which I had no knowledge whatsoever.” ENDS

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