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Ó Caoláin challenges Taoiseach to remove McDowell from office

14 June, 2005


Sinn Féin Dáil Leader, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláín TD has called on the Taoiseach to remove Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell from office. During Leaders Questions today The Taoiseach said he stood over everything the Minister had done. Deputy Ó Caoláin said the Taoiseach is "defending the indefensible".

He stated:

"The Taoiseach has stood up and staunchly defended this arrogant Minister -

  • A Minister who has deported Irish children
  • A Minister who has stirred up racism and hatred against immigrants and asylum seekers through his use of inflammatory rhetoric and the misuse of his legislative powers
  • A Minister who fails to act when corruption within the gardai is exposed to the world and who will not carry out real reform
  • A Minister who wants to give more draconian powers to the unreformed gardai
  • A Minister who denies equality and rights to people with disabilities
  • A Minister whose anti-republican bile has poisoned the peace process
  • This Minister's conduct of the peace process has been greeted with glee by the most bigoted section of unionism.

"The Taoiseach stands over the approach of a Minister who has labeled one newspaper, Daily Ireland, as Nazi because he disagrees with its position on the peace process, and who said another newspaper, The Irish Examiner, was like something out of Weimar Germany because it did not agree with him. He is defending the indefensible.

"We already know that the Minister with responsibility for equality has nothing but contempt for equality because he has repeatedly said so himself. It is time to get rid of this arrogant, right-wing and incompetent Minister?" ENDS

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