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Tony O'Brien must stop spinning and start talking – Cullinane

24 March, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane said today that the HSE and Tony O'Brien continue to obfuscate when dealing with the Public Accounts Committee and patience is running out.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“Last year, Tony O'Brien was asked by the Public Accounts Committee whether people involved with the Grace case still worked in the public service and yesterday, after thirteen months, we finally got an answer.

“Two of the people involved are currently working with the child agency, Tusla.

“Mr O’Brien also admitted that the decision not to publish the report in 2012 or 2013 was an internal HSE decision.

“It was only in April 2015 that an Garda Síochána wrote to the HSE to request they hold off on publication.

“Yesterday, I found Mr O'Brien to be a frustrating and hostile witness.

“It was only after persistent questioning from myself that Mr O’Brien told the Committee that H6 of the Devine Report is currently on the payroll of a public service body.

“One of the allegations that hangs over the entire Grace case is that the HSE was involved in a cover-up.

“Rightly or wrongly, that is also the public perception at this time.

“The HSE has to ask itself at this stage whether Mr O’Brien’s recent appearances before the Public Accounts Committee strengthen or weaken that perception.

“His continued obfuscation is a serious matter for the Committee and they will have to be discussed next week.” 

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