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IBRC descends further into farce as Dáil questions are refused – Doherty

17 November, 2015 - by Pearse Doherty TD

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Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said the IBRC investigation is descending further into farce as his questions on the issue to the Taoiseach and Minister for Finance have been ruled out of order.  Deputy Doherty said the government invites questions about the IBRC investigation but can’t then reply to them.

Deputy Doherty said:

“Having received information that the IBRC investigation was in trouble I tabled a number of questions to the Taoiseach and Minister for Finance. I was shocked to learn this morning that all but one of these questions has been ruled out of order as have a number of questions from other Sinn Fein TDs.

“We now have a situation where the media and other sources are being fed information, but when TDs elected by the people ask for information, they find the door shut in their face. I sense there is some hiding going on here. Why, for example, can’t the Taoiseach tell a TD how many people work for the Commission, or to confirm that it is not on target to conclude by 31st December?  Why can’t the Minister for Finance tell me, as a Finance Spokesperson, when he was made aware that there were legal difficulties. How many others, like me, have had Freedom of Information requests refused because of the Commission of Investigation?  It seems an NUJ card provides more access to answers than a mandate from the Irish people.

“The IBRC investigation, which Sinn Féin did not support because of its limited mandate, is descending even further into farce. Government Incompetence and now feigned government ignorance is not good enough. As a TD and Finance Spokesperson I should be entitled to raise these questions and get a full and open reply on the Dáil record. It is not the first time that on issues related to Siteserv elected politicians have been met with silence and deaf ears. I will continue to ask questions in the Dáil and wherever else answers might come from.”

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