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Fianna Fáil’s aversion to accountability ingrained in its DNA - Cullinane

22 January, 2014 - by David Cullinane TD

Speaking in the Seanad today Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane accused Fianna Fáil of attempting to stifle debate on the Rehab Lottery revelations.

Senator Cullinane said:

“The very party who bankrupt the state now want to stop discussion on the allocation of public monies.

“It is clear from Darragh O’Brien’s comments its business as usual and that in spite of appearances, Fianna Fail’s aversion to transparency and accountability is ingrained in its DNA.  

“Speaking in the Seanad today Senator O’Brien criticized Alan Shatter for calling for an audit of the Rehab scheme   during last night’s debate on the Sinn Féin private members bill which seeks to regulate charities.

 “Recent revelations about the CRH  and media speculation about the salary of Rehabs chief executive Angela Kerins  have put the spotlight on how Rehab and other ‘charities’ spend public money and on issues of accountability. 

“It is alarming to think a prominent member of Fianna Fáil would argue that the Minister and the Seanad have no right to discuss such issues. The Dáil and Seanad are precisely where these issues need to be raised.

“It would seem that in spite of their best efforts to pretend that they have learnt from the mistakes of the past, Fianna Fáil is still afraid of accountability and transparency.   

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