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No confidence in Ceann Comhairle - Adams

13 November, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has declared his support for his party’s Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald who has refused to leave the Dáil chamber. 

Teachta McDonald decided not to leave the chamber contrary to orders from the Ceann Comhairle.  This was not a planned action but a consequence of the Ceann Comhairle’s unfair sanction against Mary Lou McDonald after Tánaiste Joan Burton refused to answer questions on whether water charges would be deducted from the pensions, social welfare and wages of those who refused to pay the charges.

Mr Adams stated:

“I support Mary Lou McDonald in her actions this afternoon. Yet again, the Tánaiste would not answer a question put to her. These questions are voicing the concerns of countless thousands of citizens. Yet time and time again, the Minister refuses to answer them.

“The Ceann Comhairle continually allows Ministers to get away with this practice of not answering questions. The central tenet of parliamentary democracy is for the opposition to hold the executive to account. This does not happen in the Dáil. This certainly didn’t happen today.

“The Ceann Comhairle is continually deferential to Ministers. It is for this reason Mary Lou McDonald, in her refusal to leave the Dáil chamber today, has the full support of Sinn Féin.

“The opposition is mandated to hold the government to account.  The Ceann Comhairle’s responsibility is to facilitate this in a fair way.  Given his treatment of the opposition parties and independents and particularly Sinn Féin I have no confidence in the Ceann Comhairle.”

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