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Government has failed to deliver on their promise of ‘New Politics’ – Adams

20 January, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking in the Dáil today, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has challenged An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the Government’s record of delivery on political reform and Fine Gael’s 2011 election pledge to deliver ‘New Politics’.

Deputy Adams said:

“There’s little talk these days from the An Taoiseach about his Five Point Plan, because of course it never really was a plan. It was nothing more than a PR device.

“He promised to deliver ‘New Politics’ and said every vacancy for paid directorships on State boards would be advertised through the Public Appointments Service. He also said the Directors of all State bodies would be asked to resign and re-apply for their positions within six months of a Fine Gael led Government coming to power.

“None of that happened and in the past week, An Tanáiste Joan Burton has chosen to appoint David Begg to the position of Chairperson of the Pensions Authority.

“The arrogant way she did this, irrespective of Mr. Begg’s suitability, makes a mockery of promises to deliver ‘New Politics’. Ministers Richard Bruton and Ged Nash have all done the same thing.

“Indeed, An Taoiseach and Minister Heather Humphreys conspired in late 2014 to appoint Fine Gael candidate John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art so he would qualify to seek election to the Seanad.

“Yes, Fianna Fáil’s legacy of cronyism and political patronage is alive and well. The Government has abjectly failed to keep their promises to the electorate to deliver ‘New Politics’, in contravention of the pledges they trumpeted so loudly at the last election.”

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