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Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael collude to prevent Taoiseach from being held to account - Senator Máire Devine

29 November, 2017 - by Máire Devine

Sinn Féin Senator Máire Devine has strongly criticised Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael after both parties voted together to block an invitation for An Taoiseach to address the Seanad on the latest controversies surrounding the Department of Justice and former Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.

Speaking today, Senator Devine said;

"At a time when the biggest political crisis to face an Irish government in recent years, Fianna Fáil colluded with Fine Gael to block a Sinn Féin proposal to invite the Taosieach Leo Varadkar into the Seanad to address the very serious matters which almost caused the government to collapse.

"This is the second time in as many days that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have denied the Seanad what this chamber is entitled to: an opportunity to cross-examine the Taoiseach on an issue of significant importance.

"The issues at the heart of this political crisis will not easily recede because Sinn Féin will ensure that a focus is kept on them.

"This was a case of a Minister abjectly failing to protect a senior whistleblower.

"The controversy is laden with unanswered questions and continues to highlight the Government's failure to address the issue at hand.

"Sinn Féin's role as lead opposition in both houses is to hold the government to account and in doing that we will also hold Fianna Fáil to account."

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