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Tánaiste has serious questions to answer – Doherty

21 November, 2017 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said “Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has serious questions to answer regarding the extent of her knowledge regarding the former Garda Commissioner’s legal strategy to undermine the credibility of whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe”.

Teachta Doherty continued;

“We now know that the Tánaiste was made of aware, through an email, of the strategy in May 2015.

“She was not made aware of just generalities, which had been previously claimed. She was made aware of specifics, particularly that the Commissioner’s legal counsel was going down the avenue of raising serious criminal complaints against Sgt McCabe.

“Maurice McCabe has also disputed that this was ever raised at the Commission.

“This was clearly being done to attack the credibility and motivations of a brave and honourable man and it being done by the leadership of the state’s police force.

“The Taoiseach is now attempting to muddy the waters by addressing an accusation that has not been made – that the Tánaiste had played a part in concocting the shameful strategy. Nobody is claiming that.

“What is clear is that the Tánaiste was made aware of the malicious nature of the strategy a full year before it entered the public domain and she failed to act. In fact, during this time, she continued to express full confidence in former Commissioner O’Sullivan.

“It also clearly in the public interest that contents of the email to the Tánaiste be published.”

Mr Doherty added;

“This is not a minor inconvenience to be batted away by the Taoiseach. It is a political crisis that goes to the very heart of the integrity of this government. The answers she gives must dispel any questions as to the appropriateness of her behaviour and the accuracy of her statements.

“If this does not happen, then serious questions arise as to whether the Tánaiste can credibly remain in office.” 

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