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"There are bigger resigning matters for this Government" -- Ó Caoláin

27 September, 2006

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said there are "bigger resigning matters" for the Government than the current controversy over the Taoiseach's finances. He said Sinn Féin's position on the need for open competition for appointments to State boards had been vindicated by the Taoiseach's admission that he had appointed friends.

Speaking to the media outside Leinster House, Deputy Ó Caoláin said: "In his RTÉ interview the Taoiseach admitted appointing people to State boards because they were his friends. I have challenged the Taoiseach on this in the Dáil previously and he has stated that all appointments to

State boards were on merit alone. Sinn Féin has called for all such appointments to be made on the basis of open competition and the Taoiseach has opposed this. Our position has been vindicated.

"The Taoiseach and this Government are responsible for far more serious issues than those now being aired in relation to the Taoiseach's personal finances. These are resigning matters not only for the Taoiseach but for this Government -- far more so than the issues in the current controversy. They include the dire state of our health services and the housing crisis, with the Government's developer friends being allowed to buy their way out of their obligation to provide social and affordable housing.

"Today the Government's disgraceful privatisation of Aer Lingus has been completed with the flotation of the former national airline. On the basis of these failures and many others this Government should go. They should call a General Election and we in Sinn Féin are ready for the contest."


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