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Sinn Féin call on Fianna Fáil to outline position on Garda no confidence motion – O’Brien

5 April, 2017 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Speaking from Leinster House today, Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien today called on Fianna Fáil to definitively outline where they stand on the position of the Garda Commissioner.

The Cork North Central TD said;

“Fianna Fáil Justice spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan TD said on RTÉ that if they were in government they would invoke the powers that are in place to remove the Commissioner.

“Time and again, Fianna Fáil have not stated confidence in the Commissioner, and have sat on the fence; now following public outcry they say they may publish a motion on ‘Garda management’.

“The Government have refused to budge on the issue of the Garda Commissioner, who should clearly step aside during the course of the Tribunal that she is being investigated in, so I am calling on Fianna Fáil to outline the rationale behind their position and to support our motion which will be debated next week.

“It is crystal clear that Fianna Fáil have no confidence in the Commissioner and Deputy O’Callaghan confirmed that.

“They have the capacity to ensure our motion passes which in turn puts pressure on the government to act to remove the Commissioner.

“So I would like for them to outline exactly what is preventing them from doing this, if it isn’t simply that it is not politically convenient to do so at the minute.”

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