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Coalition Parties Fall at first Hurdle over Openness in Government – Adams

23 March, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has criticised Taoiseach Enda Kenny for refusing to allow a debate today on the Moriarty Report.

The Sinn Féin leader pointed out that the Moriarty report is currently the single biggest media story and that it is the subject of debate on radio stations, in homes, among citizens but not in the Dáil.

Mr. Adams described this as ‘unacceptable’.

Speaking during Leaders Questions and Order of Business Mr. Adams called on the Taoiseach to change the order of business for today and to create the space for a debate on the Moriarty report.

Mr. Adams said:

"The Moriarty report goes to the heart of the culture of corruption and cronyism that existed in the political system for a very long time. If the Dáil is to close the gap of confidence that exists between citizens and the political system then it needs to respond immediately and transparently to issues of importance like Moriarty.

"It is also imperative that serious questions around the behaviour of a former Fine Gael Minister, who was also Chairman of the Trustees of Fine Gael, of the Fine Gael party itself, and of current Ministers who were members of the then Rainbow Coalition be asked and answered.

"For this reason Sinn Féin sought to have the Order of Business changed and forced a vote in the House.

"In the recent election campaign the government parties claimed that they were for political reform and openness in government. At the first hurdle they have fallen.

"The failure to hold an urgent and immediate debate is a grave mistake." ENDS

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