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Mary Lou McDonald stands over her decision to exercise her constitutional right to privilege

9 April, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she stands over her decision to exercise her constitutional right to privilege in the Dáil.

Deputy McDonald said;

“On 3rd December 2014, I exercised my constitutional right to privilege in the Dáil to give voice to very serious allegations made in respect of off-shore accounts and political obstruction.  The source of these allegations is a briefing dossier prepared by authorised officers who are both reputable and credible.  

“I set out for the Committee on Procedure and Privileges in very clear terms my reasons for exercising my Dáil privilege which was in good faith and the public interest.  However, I have received from them only dismissive responses. 

“I have written to the Taoiseach on the allegations contained in the dossier calling on him to examine the matters fully.  It is inconceivable that the Taoiseach and the government have not moved to institute an investigation and serve the interests of the Irish people fully.

“I exercised my constitutional right of privilege in good faith and in the matter of public interest.”

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