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Micheál Martin has serious questions to answer in relation to his phone call with Taoiseach Varadkar - Mary Lou McDonald TD

21 June, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking in the Dáil this evening on the appointment of the former AG Máire Whelan to the Court of Appeal, Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald said Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has serious questions to answer in relation to the telephone call he had with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last Sunday.

Teachta McDonald said;

“Sinn Fein has made its position clear on this matter. The manner in which Máire Whelan was appointed bypassed the proper procedures for such appointments and we called on her to stand down in order to allow for a proper appointments procedure to take place.

“Unfortunately, the Taoiseach had other ideas and he rushed through the trip to the park in order for Ms Whelan to receive he seal of office from the President.

“However, the revelation by the Taoiseach today of a phone call between himself and Deputy Martin on Sunday evening, in which Deputy Martin questioned Ms Whelan’s suitability for the position, suggests that the Fianna Fáil leader was trying to influence this appointment.

“That is a very serious matter and Micheál Martin has very serious questions to answer.

“Is it the case the Micheál Martin attempted to use his influence on government to prevent a candidate for the bench from being appointed?

“Does he believe that his confidence and supply agreement with Fine Gael allows him the authority to have a say on who gets appointed to the bench?

“Ms Whelan’s appoints smacks of a political appointment but it looks as though Micheál Martin’s only concern is that it was not his political appointment.

“While I welcome this evening’s question and answer session with the government on this matter it is clear to me that Micheál Martin also has questions to answer.’


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