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Taoiseach’s Dáil comments only expose government failures - Carthy

17 December, 2014 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Speaking today from Strasbourg in relation to the comments made by the Taoiseach at Leader’s Questions in relation to the Banking Inquiry, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Constituency Matt Carthy stated that the Government is clearly trying to deflect from its own failure to stand up to the ECB.

Carthy said:

“The comments made by the Taoiseach today were a clear attempt to deflect from his own failure to even attempt to hold the ECB to account and is unfortunately the standard we have come to expect at Leader’s Questions as the Taoiseach and Tánaiste consistently fail to answer even the most straightforward of questions from opposition TDs.

“The Taoiseach also highlighted his own ignorance of this issue, as if he had been paying attention, he would be aware that this issue was raised by me in the European Parliament in recent weeks and I have also submitted a number of questions directly to the ECB in relation to their refusal to attend the Banking Inquiry.

“In the last term Sinn Fein's only MEP Martina Anderson tabled more questions to the ECB than any other Irish MEP while Brian Hayes was a Minister in the Department of Finance which was terrified of releasing the Trichet letters without ECB permission.

“Perhaps the Taoiseach feels that monitoring the developments in the European Parliament in relation to the ECB is beneath him?

“However, the responsibility for challenging the ECB is first and foremost for the Government.  The previous Fianna Fáil government allowed the ECB to dictate the economic policy of our state and saddle billions of euro in debt on the backs of the Irish people.  Enda Kenny's government is allowing that legacy to continue and they have not adequately stood up to the ECB's declaration that they will not participate in the Dáil Banking enquiry.

"Sinn Fein MEP's will of course continue to press the ECB to become accountable to the Irish People.  But, we will also continue to challenge our own Government to play its part.”

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