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Adams rejects Barrett claims

30 January, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Gerry Adams TD, speaking in Dundalk today, after a National Officer Board meeting of Sinn Féin, has rejected a claim by Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett that Sinn Féin is attempting to undermine him.

Gerry Adams said:

“I reject the claim made by Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett on RTÉ radio this morning that Sinn Féin is attempting to undermine his position.”

“What happened in the Dáil around the motion to establish a commission of investigation into claims of Garda malpractice was a farce.”

“A Standing Order was imposed in an entirely unprecedented way by the Ceann Comhairle to shut down debate of extremely serious issues by the Dáil.”

“Ramming the terms of reference for the commission though the Dáil, particularly on such an important issue, without debate was a serious and disturbing development.”

“Sinn Féin, along with the rest of the Opposition, correctly withdrew ourselves from proceedings which were absurd.”

“Sinn Féin has asked Sean Barrett to convene the Committee on Procedures and Privileges early next week to discuss his decision to disallow the scheduled debate on Wednesday on the terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry into the findings of the Guerin Report into Garda malpractice in the Cavan/Monaghan area.”

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