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Time for Fine Gael TDs in Fingal to comment on Deputy Brendan Ryan meeting- Louise O Reilly

11 December, 2015

Sinn Féin general election candidate for Fingal Louise O’Reilly has today called on Brendan Ryan's government colleagues to let the people of Fingal know if they condone Ryan's attendance at a meeting with Alan Kelly and a company bidding for a tender for a government contract.

Ms O'Reilly said:

'People in Fingal have a right to know if the government colleagues of Deputy Ryan think he has a case to answer. 

Recent media stories detail that a meeting took place but Deputy Ryan's silence on the matter means we don't know what was discussed. 

We do know that the company executives who accompanied Deputy Ryan to this meeting with Minister Kelly were ultimately successful in gaining the contract but that's all because, mysteriously, no minutes were taken. 

I think both Minister James Reilly and Deputy Alan Farrell should now publicly state that they have no issue with this meeting and also make known their views on the recording of minutes at such meetings. 

There is a lot of speculation as to the purpose of this meeting and Deputy Farrell and Minister Reilly need to publicly state what they know about it and whether they have confidence that this meeting, despite the secrecy surrounding it, was all above board. 

Government tenders are for the purposes of spending tax payer’s money and we need to hear from both Deputy Ryan’s government colleagues that they have no issue with this meeting.  I think they should also make it known publicly how many such meetings they have attended.'  

O'Reilly continued, 'Given the recent revelations on RTE about corruption in public life it is now more important than ever before that elected representatives are held to account and we need to know where Deputy Farrell and Minister Reilly stand on this meeting and whether they have any concerns.' 

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