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Chaotic Government needs to go – McDonald

13 February, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that the failure of the Government to act to protect the interests of Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe and, by extension, endangering the rights of all citizens, means that it cannot remain in power.

Deputy McDonald made the comments as Sinn Féin published a motion of no confidence the Government which the party will move in the Dáil on Wednesday.

Teachta McDonald said:

“The Government has failed demonstrably and abjectly in its response to the vicious smear campaign waged against Garda Whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe. This has endangered the rights of all citizens. The coalition cannot remain in power

“The Minister for Justice and the Taoiseach fumbled their way through the weekend, making up the Government's approach as they went along.

“Their positions regarding when they were informed of the Tusla file and the false allegations against Sgt McCabe simply do not stack up.

“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.

“Through their ineptitude and their clear decision to muddy the waters, rather than providing the truth, the government has completely undermined public confidence in its ability to govern effectively. It is a government dominated by crisis, chaos, and spin as focuses its energies on retaining power rather than on delivering genuine solutions.

“Sinn Féin has zero tolerance for corruption, incompetence and malpractice in government

“We have submitted this motion of no confidence in the government because we do not have any faith in the ability of this administration to deliver truth and justice for Maurice McCabe or in its ability to resolve the wider issues at play in this controversy.

“In fact, we are of the opinion that the preservation this government would serve as the major barrier to finding a satisfactory resolution to this debacle.

“We are urging all Dáil deputies to support the motion in order to remove from power a chaotic government that has already lost its authority.

“Fianna Fáil and Micheál Martin cannot sit on their hands and vote to abstain with any credibility. They cannot hide behind the supply and confidence agreement in an effort to shirk their responsibilities.

“Fianna Fáil TDs cannot just shrug their shoulders and wait for a better time to pull down the government based on their own narrow electoral interests. This matter goes to the heart of the integrity of this government and the time to bring the chaos to an end is now.” 

Note: Please see the Motion in question below

Motion re: No confidence in the Government

The motion reads:

That Dáil Éireann notes:-

·         The recent revelations regarding whistleblower Garda Maurice McCabe’s treatment by agencies of the state;

·         The failure of Government ministers to act to protect the interests of Garda McCabe and, by extension, endangering the rights of all citizens;

·         That this scandal goes to the very heart of the integrity of this Government;

·         Declares that Dáil Éireann has no confidence in the Government and calls on An Taoiseach and his entire Cabinet to resign forthwith to allow fresh elections.

— Gerry Adams, John Brady, Pat Buckley, Jonathan O’Brien, Seán Crowe, David Cullinane, Pearse Doherty, Dessie Ellis, Martin Ferris, Kathleen Funchion, Martin Kenny, Mary Lou McDonald, Denise Mitchell, Imelda Munster, Carol Nolan, Eoin Ó Broin, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Louise O’Reilly, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Maurice Quinlivan, Brian Stanley, Peadar Tóibín.

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