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SIPO appointments should have been prioritised before Christmas - McDonald 

22 December, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Public Expenditure and Reform spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald has said the government should have priotitised the appointment of SIPO board members before the Christmas break.

Deputy McDonald was commenting today after it was revealed that the political standards watchdog has been prevented from advancing investigations until it has it's fullcompliment of board members.

She said;

"This government should never have let this situation arise. Given the important work that SIPO is engaged in this situation should have been given the appropriate priority ahead of the Christmas break. Instead it has dropped the ball and put important investigations at risk."

On the issued the stand-off between Minister Hogan and SIPO Deputy McDonald said;

"It is unacceptable that Minister Hogan would engage with the commission in such a heavy handed manner. If he feels that the commission has acted outside of its remit then he should sit down with them and engage in face to face dialogue."


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