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Taoiseach to blame for Dáil row - Adams

3 February, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams has criticised the Taoiseach for pushing through the terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry into the findings of the Guerin Report into Garda malpractice in the Cavan/Monaghan area in the Dáil on Wednesday.

He said

"Sinn Féin rejects the Ceann Comhairle's claim that we are trying to undermine him.

In fact I met with the Ceann Comhairle at my request a fortnight ago and we had a frank but friendly and constructive discussion about issues of concern to Sinn Féin. 

“I have asked to meet him again over the current controversy.

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

"While I took issue with the Ceann Comhairle’s decision my main contention was that the Taoiseach should re-arrange the debate for another time to allow full discussion on the important issue involved.

"The Taoiseach refused to do this. He also did not tell the Dáil of the letter from a member of the Fine Gael party, former Minister Alan Shatter, until pressed into doing so.

"The main responsibility for the current controversy, re-ignited by Seán Barrett's interview lies with An Taoiseach.

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

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