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Martin’s comments on Garda Commissioner ‘further proof of Fianna Fáil letting government off the hook’ – Ó Laoghaire

21 July, 2017 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Speaking today, Sinn Féin TD and Justice spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire said that the Fianna Fáil position in saying that they do not support Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan staying in her position and yet exerting no influence on government to remove her is simply not credible.

Deputy Ó Laoghaire was responding to comments made by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in an interview with the Irish Mirror.

He stated that Micheál Martin and his party had had numerous occasions to express their dissatisfaction with Commissioner O’Sullivan, including a Sinn Féin motion of no confidence, and they had instead elected to simply let the government off the hook.

The Cork South-Central TD said:

“The Fianna Fáil position in relation to the Garda Commissioner is not credible. In saying they do not support Commissioner O’Sullivan staying in place, Micheál Martin’s comments are indeed risible.

“Fianna Fáil are as much the party keeping Commissioner O’Sullivan in her position as the Government. Micheál Martin and his party have had numerous opportunities to this issue to the government and force action, including a Sinn Féin motion of no confidence and Cabinet reshuffle, which included a new Minister for Justice.

“Fianna Fáil and Micheál Martin cannot say that they have no confidence in Commissioner O’Sullivan and then just sit on their hands, and wait for government to remove her, especially when they have shown no interest in putting an iota of pressure on her.

“This is another clear demonstration on why Fianna Fáil cannot be trusted to hold the government to account.”

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