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‘Democratic Revolution’ little more than well-oiled propaganda machine – Cullinane

2 September, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has said the government used every trick in the book yesterday to put a positive spin on the Fennelly Report, saying that the actions of the government fly in the face of their promise of open and transparent governance.

Senator Cullinane is calling for the Seanad to be recalled to discuss the actions of the Taoiseach in the forced retirement of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. 

Senator Cullinane said:

“The stage-managed release of the Fennelly Report last night was a master class in political obfuscation. The late in the day release and the unwieldy, large size of the file that crashed the Merrion Street site meant that media outlets, including the RTÉ 6.1, were forced to rely solely on the Taoiseach’s own statement on the matter, and indeed a rare live interview with the Taoiseach himself.

“The full force of government smoke and mirrors were in use last night, the same well-oiled propaganda organ that preaches of green shoots and recovery. The Irish people were not fooled before and they will not be now.  

“This flies in the face of all that this government promised on coming into office; the new, open, and transparent ‘Democratic Revolution’ didn’t last long. The Taoiseach and his government rushed to judgement in the case of then Commissioner Callinan and realised that they had left themselves wide open for a backlash. Cue over a year of vagaries from two different Ministers for Justice and bluster from the Taoiseach.

“I will be contacting the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad today and requesting that the Seanad be recalled to discuss the serious behaviour of the Taoiseach when he over stepped the mark in forcing the retirement of the Commissioner.

“This Seanad has proven it is not as easy for the Government to bluff its way through as it does so often in the Dáil.” 

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