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Ferris - What Are The PDs Afraid Of?

9 December, 2005


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources, Martin Ferris TD, has asked the Progressive Democrats to explain why they are so hostile to the Centre for Public Inquiry. Deputy Ferris was speaking in response to the controversy surrounding Minister for Justice Michael McDowell’s accusations against Centre Director Frank Connolly.


Deputy  Ferris  said:  “This  week  we had the extraordinary spectacle of a Minister  using  Dáil privilege to make serious allegations against a named individual.  That  was  only  the  latest  in  a campaign spearheaded by PD elected  representatives and certain journalists, designed to undermine the
credibility of the Centre for Public Inquiry.

“The question that must be posed is: What exactly are the PDs afraid of? Is it  that  the  CPI  has already published two reports revealing some of the
scandalous  decisions  made  in  relation  to  the  Corrib project and Trim
Castle? Is it specifically because the CPI report on Corrib highlighted the
role of PD founder Des O’Malley in giving away our oil and gas? Perhaps too
the  squeaky  clean PDs have other skeletons in their closest including the
origin  of  the  large  amounts  of money that were donated to the party on
their foundation in the 1980s. It is understandable, in that context, why a
professional independent body of inquiry should be disliked.”ENDS

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