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Sinn Féin to call vote of no-confidence after Fennelly Report – McDonald

2 September, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Vice President Deputy Mary Lou McDonald has published a motion of no-confidence in the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Attorney General Máire Whelan following the publication of the Fennelly report.

Speaking from Leinster House this afternoon, Deputy McDonald said:

“The key issue at the heart of this crisis are the actions of the Taoiseach and the Attorney General. The Taoiseach is reported to have left the then Commissioner with little option but to retire.

“The Report defines the visit of Brian Purcell to Martin Callinane’s as the ‘immediate catalyst’ in Callinane’s decision to retire. This is an action mandated by the Taoiseach that forced the resignation of a Garda Commissioner.

“The Taoiseach strayed into very dangerous territory and then denied his involvement. Subsequently, his cadre of Ministers rowed in behind to defend him. The position of the Taoiseach is now untenable.

“Worryingly, the Attorney General changed her testimony to the Commission regarding the fateful meeting of the 24 of March. Such actions by the government’s lawyer left Justice Fennelly ‘puzzled’ and ‘perplexed’.

“This government has treated the people of Ireland with open contempt for long enough.

“The Dáil should be recalled to discuss the Fennelly Report and Sinn Féin’s motion of no confidence in both An Taoiseach and the Attorney General.” 

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