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'Government engaged in blatant and unashamed cronyism’ – Gerry Adams TD

27 June, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has again accused the Fine Gael/Labour Government of "blatant and unashamed cronyism" for packing state boards with party political hacks.

Mr Adams was speaking today as further denials emerged about appointments by Pat Rabbitte to the board of Bord na Mona and Finance Minister Michael Noonan's appointment of a long-time Fine Gael activist to the board of NAMA.

Gerry Adams said:

"We see today that Pat Rabbitte has admitted that the political affiliations of the two appointees to the board of Bord na Mona, did indeed influence those appointments.

"Meanwhile Michael Noonan admits that his appointment of a long-time Fine Gael activist to the board of the National Management Agency (NAMA) was not made through any public appointment process.

Gerry Adams said:

"This Fine Gael/Labour government has so clearly betrayed the electorate.

"It promised a ‘democratic revolution’ but has delivered the same stale, old politics of previous governments.

"Apart from the blatant and unashamed cronyism that we have again witnessed in recent days in relation to state boards, there are other issues such as Ministers favouring their own constituencies for funding and the Government seeking to retain control over the banking inquiry by stuffing it with Government TDs and Senators.

"This is a far cry from the much vaunted new politics of openness transparency that we heard so much about during the 2011 General Election."

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