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Taoiseach & Tánaiste "making it up as they go along" on Maurice McCabe controversy - Mary Lou McDonald TD

12 February, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Responding to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and an Taoiseach Enda Kenny, on the scandal of the smearing of Garda Whistle-blower, Maurice McCabe, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said;

“In relation to the smearing campaign waged against Sgt Maurice McCabe, the Government continues to cover up who knew what and when they knew.

"Today, the Minister for Justice claimed that she was unaware of the smears. An Taoiseach failed to clarify when and how he became aware of the smears.

"Both were aware of the meeting between Minister Zappone and Maurice McCabe yet they claim that neither questioned the context of the meeting nor sought any feedback.

"The Taoiseach went so far as to claim that the meeting was in a 'private capacity'.

"These positions are not credible. It appears that the government are making it up as they go along. This is farcical, chaotic and unacceptable.

"Over the past three years, Fine Gael has failed to protect the good name of Maurice McCabe and has failed to get to the bottom of his allegations and the smear campaign against him.

"The public will not be played for fools on this issue. They have no confidence in An Taoiseach and his government’s handling of this scandal.

"The Government relies on the support of Fianna Fáil. This is an arrangement that has delivered nothing except continued crisis after crisis. It is an arrangement that facilitates bad government.

"Yet Fianna Fáil proposes to continue to prop up this kick for touch, cover up Government.

"Sinn Féin have demonstrated in the north that we have zero tolerance of corruption and malpractice. Governments must act with integrity.

"Sinn Féin last night submitted a motion of no confidence in the government.

"There is a choice facing each Dáil Deputy and party, including Fianna Fáil - to bring this chaos to an end or to facilitate a government that has lost its authority."

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