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Serious questions remain for Phil Hogan – Adams

25 March, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said that Carlow/Kilkenny needs a change from the type of politics epitomised by former Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.

Speaking in Carlow this evening at a by-election launch for Sinn Féin candidate Kathleen Funchion, Gerry Adams said:

“The Carlow/Kilkenny by-election has resulted from the departure of former Environment Minister Phil Hogan to Europe. In many ways, Phil Hogan epitomises what’s wrong with this Government.”

“There remain serious and unanswered questions around Phil Hogan's cancellation of inquiries into planning problems at six local authorities this State. This was his first act as Minister when this Government took office.”

“This is particularly serious considering the failure to implement key recommendations of the Mahon Tribunal into corruption in the planning system. It’s also widely accepted that corruption in planning was not confined to Dublin.”

“Meanwhile revelations that there are no records and no minutes of Phil Hogan’s meetings with the Chairwoman of Bord Gáis - meetings that led to the establishment of Irish Water - raise serious questions for the Government, especially in light of the scandal around the huge sums of public money spent on private consultants.”

 “Phil Hogan is a key political ally of Enda Kenny, but citizens now want a change of political direction from this type of politics.”

“The latest Water Charges debacle and the Government’s failures in relation to the serious issues facing the health service, the housing crisis and the attacks on rural Ireland require a change of political direction.”

“There is a better and fairer way of doing things. That is what Sinn Féin offers and that is the platform on which Kathleen Funchion faces into this by-election.”

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