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Kenny fails to give Dáil full account of Shatter contacts – Adams

4 February, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Speaking in the Dáil today, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny of failing to explain:

  • Why Alan Shatter received the Draft Order and terms of reference of the Commission of Investigation into matters relative to the Cavan/Monaghan Division of An Garda on 21stNovember 2014, a full month before they were published by the Minister for Justice.
  • Why Alan Shatter received the terms of reference before the Houses of the Oireachtas
  • Why Alan Shatter was told that Justice Kevin O’Higgins was to be the sole member of the Commission of Investigation before this information was presented to the Dáil or made public

Gerry Adams said:

“I challenged the Taoiseach in the Dáil today to explain why a letter sent on his behalf on November 21st to Mr. Shatter included a copy of the draft Order and Terms of Reference for the Commission of Investigation and why this was done before the draft order had been presented to the Houses of the Oireachtas.”

“I further challenged the Taoiseach as to why on December 17th in another letter on the Taoiseach’s behalf to Mr. Shatter, the former Justice Minister is told that Justice Kevin O’Higgins would be the sole member of the Commission of Investigation before this information was presented to the Dáil or made public.”

“The Taoiseach failed to adequately answer my questions.”

“It is now clear that Mr Kenny engaged in a series of evasions and diversions to avoid giving a full, accurate and timely account to the Dáil regarding ongoing and extensive correspondence between himself and Alan Shatter on this issue.”

“That a Fine Gael backbencher, with a central role in the issues under investigation was given draft Terms of Reference which the Dáil was subsequently not allowed to debate is further confirmation of the dismissive and disdainful approach of the Taoiseach and the Government towards the Dáil.” 

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