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Taoiseach fails to answers Adams’ questions on McNulty affair

1 October, 2014 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams TD has again pressed the Taoiseach to answer serious questions which have arisen in relation to the appointment of Fine Gael Seanad by-election candidate, John McNulty to the board of IMMA.

Addressing the Taoiseach in the Dail today, Gerry Adams said:

“Taoiseach, yesterday you told the Dáil that there were 29 nominees to the Seanad vacancy for which you interviewed Mr John McNulty. Was he the only Fine Gael nominee you interviewed?

“You said that during the course of the validation and eligibility process Mr McNulty expressed his desire to serve on a cultural body. Does that mean he expressed that desire to you?

“Can you tell the Dáil who forwarded r McNulty’s CV to Minister Humphries? Was anyone elses CV forwarded to her?

“You say that Minister Humphries appointed Mr McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) ‘in her own right’.

“But the Government quota of nine nominees to the board was already filled. The nomination of Mr McNulty and another person breached this quota.

“You say that you accept responsibility for Fine Gael party officials bringing Mr McNulty’s interest in serving on a state board to the attention of a Minister. But if this was nothing to do with you, how are you responsible?”

Following Mr Kenny’s failure to answer any of the Sinn Féin leader’s questions, Mr Adams repeated them and again and sought to raise the issue under a Point of Order, pointing out that the Taoiseach had failed to answer the questions put.

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