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Government has abandoned its responsibilities during Siteserv scandal – McDonald

1 June, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has accused the government of “abdicating its constitutional responsibility” by failing to “assertively defend Oireachtas privilege in the face of the most concerted constitutional threat on the rights of Oireachtas members in decades.”

Teachta McDonald said:

“Article 15, section 12 of the constitution is very explicit in its endorsement of Dáil privilege and the right of those to publish remarks made within the Oireachtas.

“The government has abdicated its constitutional responsibility to assertively defend Oireachtas privilege in the face of the most concerted threat on the rights of Oireachtas members in decades.

“Instead of the Attorney General and the government making clear the rights of Oireachtas members, the government has abandoned its obligations and placed the onus on sections of the media to go to the High Court to protect the constitution.

“Fine Gael and Labour have colluded in the efforts of Denis O’Brien to deny Oireachtas members and citizens the right to full disclosure about the events surround the sale and acquisition of Siteserv.

“The decision by the Minister for Finance to refuse to establish a Commission of Investigation and to instead appoint the special liquidators, who helped close IBRC down, to review all transactions at IBRC over €10 million, was a part of this; so too has been the refusal of the government to recall the Dáil this week.  

“The sale of Siteserv, the role of IBRC in this and other transactions, and the legal efforts to silence Oireachtas members are an attack on the Constitution and are a matter of the utmost public interest and concern.” 

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