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Adams calls for Urgent Dáil debate on Moriarty Report

22 March, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the publication of the Moriarty report today.

This is a lengthy, detailed investigation into the actions and behaviour and decisions of former Fine Gael Minister Michael Lowry and it deserves careful scrutiny.

However, it is clear on first glance that the Moriarty report is a “damning indictment of Mr. Lowry’s actions and decisions as a Minister” which the report variously describes as ‘abusive’ and ‘profoundly corrupt’.

Mr. Lowry is accused of a ‘grave dereliction of duty’ and of a ‘grave conflict of duty and interest’ and of providing substantive information to Denis O Brien which was ‘of significant value and assistance to him in securing the licence’.

The Sinn Féin leader has called on the Taoiseach to make a full and frank statement to the Dáil on the Moriarty report and to schedule a debate on this issue.

Mr. Adams said:

“The Moriarty report is a damning indictment of the behaviour of the former Fine Gael Minister Michael Lowry, as well as the lack of accountability and scrutiny of a Fine Gael government of which the Taoiseach was a member.

“The report says that Fine Gael benefited to the tune of $50,000. Was this declared to the US Justice Department at that time?

“Apparently, Fine Gael eventually returned this money. Presumably because it knew that this transaction was inappropriate. But what did Fine Gael do about this? The report also states that Fine Gael received up to 22,000 punts in other donations from Denis O Brien or his companies. What did the party do about these?

“There needs to be a full debate in the Dáil on this issue.

“The Moriarty report reveals a culture of corruption and cronyism that goes to the heart of the lack of trust which many citizens have in the political system.

“It highlights the need for fundamental political reform which includes holding Ministers and TDs to account for wrongdoing.” ENDS

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