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Taoiseach must face Finance Committee on outcome of EU summit meeting - Doherty

20 July, 2011 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has today called on Enda Kenny to attend next weeks Finance Committee meeting to brief Deputies on the outcome of this Thursday’s European Summit meeting.

Deputy Doherty said:

“It has been a long established practice for Taoisigh and senior Ministers to provide detailed briefings to the Oireachtas following European Council meetings. The purpose of these briefings has been to inform both the elected deputies of the Dail and the public of the content and outcome of the summits and their implications for the country.

“This Thursday’s emergency European Summit is one of the most important EU meetings in recent times. Its outcome will have profound implications for the Eurozone and for Ireland in particular.

“It has been a long established protocol that the Taoiseach provides the Dail with a detailed briefing on the content and outcomes of such summits and responds to questions from the opposition. Considering the stakes at this weeks meeting the need for such a briefing is beyond doubt.

“Sinn Féin has argued that the Government should recall the Dáil to allow such a briefing to take place. Unfortunately the Government has refused to take this course of action.

“However there is a Select Finance Committee scheduled to take place next week. At the very least the Taoiseach must attend this committee meeting to brief TDs on the emergency summit and answer questions.

“To refuse to attend the committee, having refused to reconvene the Dáil, would be yet another example of Fine Gael behaving exactly as his predecessors in the last Fianna Fáil Government.”

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