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Appearances by An Taoiseach before the Seanad equal to that of Scottish First Minister, just once – Ó Donnghaile

10 May, 2017 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Speaking in the Seanad today, Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has criticised the Taoiseach for failing to engage members of the Seanad on the significant developments and implications of Brexit and called on Enda Kenny to come before the Seanad and update members on the ongoing negotiations at EU level.

Senator Ó Donnghaile said:

“When raising the issue of Brexit on the floor of the Seanad, we are constantly told by the Government side that the Taoiseach is the central cog in their Brexit response. They claim he is doing a great job; they then go on to tell us how seriously the Government are taking the social, economic and political threats posed by Brexit.

“The problem is however, we have yet to hear this from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny himself. His appearances before the Seanad are equal to that of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon; just once. Enda Kenny should afford Seanad members the opportunity to engage with him on this crucial issue.

“The Government appear big on rhetoric around this issue but are doing nothing to outline what practical and tangible plans they have to defend the vote in the North and protect Ireland’s national interests.

“As we prepare for an address to both Houses by Michel Barnier (who’s appearances will then also be equal to An Taoiseach) tomorrow, the members of both Houses must push a unified message that there should be Special Designated Status for the North, as voted for by the Dáil, that the people of the North voted to remain and that the Good Friday Agreement cannot be allowed to be altered or subverted as a result of an English Tory Party vanity project.” 

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