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There must be consequences for those who guilty of corruption – McDonald

28 March, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking during today’s Dáil debate on the Mahon Report Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said she believed the political system faces huge challenges and questioned if Labour and Fine Gael really have the courage or commitment to root out the rot ingrained in the political establishment.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“Mahon is the latest revelation in a litany of corruption, maladministration and breaches of fundamental trust by the political establishment. The entire system of public administration has been undermined, yet a sense of entitlement and a culture of back slapping still prevails.

“Government Ministers, current and former, who now wring their hands at the findings of Mahon are the very same people who, tribunal after tribunal, defended corrupt politicians. Micheál Martin’s crocodile tears fool no one.

“The Mahon Report is very clear. Systemic and endemic corruption was rife across the political spectrum. Do we really believe that so much has changed or that decades of political corruption were limited to a few bad apples located in and around Dublin?

“Why did Phil Hogan on taking up his position as Minister shut down six separate inquiries into planning irregularities? Here was an opportunity for Fine Gael and Labour to root out the rot but instead this government chose to internalise the inquiries away from the public eye.

“Is this the action of a government that is serious about political reform? There must be consequences for those found guilty of corruption, and at a minimum the government must ensure that no one who abused their public office continues to receive massive pensions.” ENDS

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