Adams urges Ceann Comhairle to meet him to discuss serious issues
Responding to comments today by Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett, the Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD said:
"I have been writing to the Ceann Comhairle for over a year now regarding my belief that he has failed to properly and impartially discharge his duties.
"I have been seeking a meeting with him to discuss Sinn Féin's concerns. He has not facilitated this.
"He has no problem facilitating media interviews to attack Sinn Féin and make false statements.
"Mr Barrett says he wasn't occupying the Chair for a section of a Dáil debate about which I complained. He deliberately misses the point. The substance of my most recent communication with Mr Barrett, is for him, in his capacity as Ceann Comhairle, to deal with the issues I have raised.
"His comments appear to be an attempt to salvage his reputation which has now become a political issue.
"Highly prejudicial comments against Sinn Féin TDs by members of the Government parties have become a feature of Dáil debates. The Ceann Comhairle has allowed Sinn Féin TDs to be abused in the most disgraceful manner.
"Sinn Féin will not accept a situation where our TDs are subjected 2nd class treatment in the Dáil or where those who elected us are given 2nd class treatment.
"I urge Teachta Barrett to have the courage of his convictions and meet me to discuss and hopefully resolve these serious issues."