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Government’s relationship with Denis O’Brien questioned in the Dáil

29 March, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Speaking in the Dáil today during Leaders Questions Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD questioned the continued close contact between members of the government and business man Denis O’Brien in light of the findings of the Moriarty tribunal.

Deputy McDonald also questioned Minister Hogan’s decision to shut down six separate public inquiries into planning irregularities.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has called on Government Ministers to review their contact with Denis O Brien. The Minster for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has also criticised the Government’s close relationship with Mr O’Brien and criticised his attendance at the Global Irish economic forum in Dublin Castle last October.

“The Taoiseach seems to take an entirely different view and was quite comfortable to be pictured with Mr O’Brien at the bell ringing ceremony at the New York stock exchange.

“So what is the government’s position on this issue? Does this government honestly believe the continued close contact between members of the government and Mr O’Brien is appropriate in light of the findings of the Moriarty tribunal?

“It is simply unacceptable for Government Ministers to have a cosy relationship to a businessman against whom adverse finds were made by a tribunal established by the Dáil.

“Mahon is the latest revelation in a litany of corruption, maladministration and breaches of fundamental trust by the political establishment.

“The Dáil will have spent three days debating the Mahon Report and there is a widespread demand for change and renewal in Irish political life.

“One of Phil Hogan’s first acts as Minister was to shut down six separate public inquiries into planning irregularities. Corruption was clearly not limited to Dublin and the government needs to re-open inquiries into planning irregularities in Carlow, Cork, Galway and Meath County councils and Cork and Dublin city councils.” ENDS

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