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Government has refused to deal with political corruption – Adams

8 December, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said despite Enda Kenny’s promise of a democratic revolution his government has refused to deal with the issue of political corruption.

Speaking in the aftermath of the RTÉ Investigates programme on standards in public office, Teachta Adams said Fine Gael and Labour has cancelled inquiries into planning corruption, failed to implement recommendations of the Mahon Tribunal, and voted down a Sinn Féin motion which called for an independent planning regulator.

Deputy Adams said Sinn Féin has legislation ready to go to establish an independent planning regulator and called on the government to allow time for it to proceed through the Oireachtas before the election is called.

The Louth TD said;

“Enda Kenny promised a democratic revolution.  He hasn’t delivered it.

“Not only has he failed to deal with the issue of political corruption, his government has actively refused to touch the issue and even went as far as to cancel inquiries which were established by the previous government into planning corruption.

“One of Phil Hogan’s first acts as Environment Minister was to cancel the planned inquiries into planning procedures in local authorities.

“Jan O’Sullivan, on taking up the post, established reviews instead of inquiries into these local authorities.

“In May of this year, Sinn Féin brought forward a private members motion which called for an independent planning regulator as recommended by the Mahon Tribunal.

“The government voted down the Sinn Féin motion. They promised the completion of Jan O’Sullivan’s reviews in June of this year.  That hasn’t happened.

“It is now on the desk of Alan Kelly, but the government last night signalled that the issue will not be dealt with before the general election.  This is not good enough.

“Sinn Féin has legislation on this which is ready to go.  The government should allow time for this legislation to proceed through the Oireachtas as a matter of urgency.” 

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