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Mahon is a snapshot but not the full picture – Stanley ‏

28 March, 2012 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the environment, community and local government, Brian Stanley TD has called on Fianna Fáil to reveal the financial relationship between the Fianna Fáil government in the 1990s and major oil companies.

Speaking during the Dáil debate on the Mahon Tribunal report Deputy Stanley said:

“The Mahon report is damning but it is only a snapshot of that time. Political corruption did not start or finish with its publication. People are deeply concerned at the relationship between the Fianna Fáil government of the early 1990s and major oil companies. It must be remembered that Shell Oil negotiated a private deal with government ministers that ensured maximum profit for Shell and minimum gain for this state.

“Fianna Fáil has legitimate questions to answer. Did they receive any donations from oil companies in the 1990s?

“Proposed local government reform by Minister Hogan gives a real opportunity to radically overhaul local government. Sinn Féin is proposing workable solutions. These include the strict application of planning criteria before any rezoning of land can proceed. We also propose that any housing development must include access to social and cultural amenities, public transportation, jobs and education facilities.

“The challenge is not to read and debate the Mahon report but to ensure this level of corruption never happens again.”

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