Government’s overruling of civil servants on IBRC has led us to crisis – Adams
Speaking today on the ongoing controversy relating to the sale of Siteserv and Teachta Catherine Murphy’s comments in the Dáil, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that this crisis stems from the government refusing to heed the warnings of its civil servants that IBRC deals, including the sale of Siteserv, required greater attention.
Teachta Adams said:
“The attempt to gag the Dáil is an extension of the developing scandal surrounding IBRC and is another indication of the continuing and toxic relationship between big business and political parties such as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
“We already know that civil servants repeatedly raised very serious concerns about the sale of Siteserv and other deals, and were ignored at every turn. These transactions have potentially cost hundreds of millions in losses to the taxpayer and hundreds of millions in gains to the insiders. The response of the Government and the Taoiseach to the growing scandal around IBRC has been entirely inadequate.
“Teachta Catherine Murphy is to be commended in trying to bring this matter before the Dáil and attempts to both silence her and block parliamentary privilege, as was attempted with Mary Lou McDonald, is deeply worrying and wrong.
“Sinn Féin, along with the majority of the opposition, have called for the Taoiseach to recall the Dáil next week. He has refused to do this. The Tánaiste has been silent on this matter. Both the Taoiseach and Tánaiste should make it clear that there will no censorship of Oireachtas members. A Commission of Investigation must be established to get to the bottom of this Siteserv scandal, to answer all of the concerns that have been raised and to reassure the public.”