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Fine Gael exploits public office to benefit themselves and their friends – Senator Cullinane

30 September, 2014 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane has called on the Taoiseach to come before the Seanad to explain the controversial nomination to the Seanad by-election. Speaking on this issue and on today’s report in the Irish Times that a director of Irish Water and a former Fine Gael councillor is employed as a ministerial driver, Senator Cullinane said:

“Enda Kenny needs to come before the Seanad and answer questions about the appointment of Mr McNulty to contest the Seanad by-election. 

“As public representatives we are entitled to know what exactly went on. It is not good enough for the Taoiseach to hide behind the Minister for Arts, although she too has questions to answer.

“And if this wasn’t enough we have today’s report in the Irish Times of Hilary Quinlan’s appointment as a driver to Minister for State, Paudie Coffey. 

“Fine Gael is up to its neck in cronyism.

“Coffey is Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, and Hilary Quinlan is a director on the board of Irish Water which is overseen by the Department.

“To make matters worse Mr Quinlan who was a former city councillor is on the record as saying that he doesn’t see anything wrong with this.

“You just couldn’t invent this stuff.

“It shows a complete and utter disregard for good governance and betrays a selfish and elitist culture so evident in Fine Gael that public office, state boards and even Seanad Éireann are there to be used by the party for its benefit, and the benefit of its friends.

“This government expects people to work on demeaning schemes such as Jobsbridge and Pathways to Work for virtually no pay while they exploit public office.

“We need answers from the Taoiseach and Paudie Coffey on all of this.”

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