Sinn Féin - On Your Side

McDowell should now resign - Ó Snodaigh

12 December, 2005


Commenting on Justice Minister Michael McDowell’s admission that he supplied Independent Newspapers with a controversial passport application Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said, “The Minister’s actions have proved that he is not fit to serve in the position of Minister for Justice and he should now resign.”

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “Michael McDowell has said that the document that he leaked to the media was not a confidential document. However, all passport applications are confidential. If one is ‘bogus and fraudulent’, as the Minister puts it, it does not mean that it is no longer confidential. It should be passed on to the Gardaí and remain confidential.

“The Minister has some questions to answer in this case. Where did he get this document? Did he receive it from the Gardaí? Or did he pass it on to the Gardaí?

“By passing this confidential document on to the media he has turned the Justice system on its head. The Minister’s actions have proved that he is not fit to serve in the position of Minister for Justice and he should now resign. It is typical of McDowell to interpret the remit of his role as Minister to serve his own ends contrary to the basic principles of the judicial system in Ireland – innocent until proven guilty.

“He has already admitted that he does not believe in equality and now he has shown that he has scant regard for the basic principles of the judicial system. So we now have a Minister for Justice and Equality who does not believe in equality and who does not understand the justice system.” ENDS

Connect with Sinn Féin