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Oireachtas must have equal access to Troika reports – Doherty

13 June, 2012 - by Pearse Doherty TD

The Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said that “it is unacceptable that members of the German parliament have access to the European Commission staff report on the Troika review before members of the Oireachtas.”

Deputy Doherty has demanded that the government “ensure that in future, Oireachtas members have exactly the same access to reports as our German counterparts.”

Deputy Doherty said:

“Once again members of the German parliament have had access to a European Commission staff report of the Troika review before members of the Oireachtas.

“This morning members of the Finance Committee learned of the contents of the Commission report from the Irish Times. The newspaper story was based on information leaked from the German parliament.

“This is the third time that German parliamentarians have had sight of important Commission reports concerning Ireland before those of us elected to the Dáil.

“The responsibility for this lies squarely with the Irish government. They receive the European Commission report at the very same time as the German government. While in Germany members of the parliament are allowed access to the report here the Government blocks access.

“I understand that a copy of the report is to be circulated to Finance Committee members today. This is simply too late. Oireachtas members should have sight of this report at the same time as elected members of other European countries, not after its contents appear in the newspapers.

“This is unacceptable and I am calling on the Government to rectify this as a matter of urgency.”

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