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Refusal to answer Leaders’ Questions makes a mockery of new politics – Adams

18 May, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Speaking following today’s Leaders’ Questions, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said it is outrageous that the Tánaiste would not answer his questions today or yesterday.

Deputy Adams said the Tánaiste’s refusal to answer his direct questions about whether or not she had asked the Garda Commissioner about instructions to her legal team during O’Higgins Commission's hearings makes a mockery of the promise of new politics and continues the practice of previous administrations holding back information and relying on media leaks.

Teachta Adams said:

“Over the course of the first two Leaders’ Questions of this Dáil, the Tánaiste point blank refused to address the questions I put to her.

“I made it clear that not only is there no legal impediment to her answering my questions but that there is an obligation on her to do so.

“My questions to her were simple. I asked if the she had, in her role as Justice Minister, spoken to the Garda Commissioner and asked her about the instructions the Commissioner gave to her legal team and if she asked if two senior Garda officers claimed that Sergeant McCabe admitted to them that he acted with malice.

“The refusal of the Tánaiste to answer these questions makes a mockery of the promise of new politics and shows that the old practice of previous administrations holding back information and relying on media leaks is set to prevail in this Dáil.

“I intend to raise this issue with the Ceann Comhairle and we must challenge this practice. The Opposition has the job of holding the government to account and the practice of not answering questions obstructs us from doing our job. It cannot be allowed to continue and Sinn Féin will do all in its power to challenge it.

“The questions to the Minister still stand. She must meet the Garda Commissioner and ask her what instructions she gave to her legal team about Sergeant McCabe and if two senior Garda officers claimed that Sergeant McCabe admitted to them that he acted with malice. 

“She should do so as a matter of urgency and report back to the Dáil without further delay.” 

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