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Appointments to board of Western Development Commission must be reviewed – Padraig Mac Lochlainn

21 January, 2015 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Sinn Féin TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn has called on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to review his government’s appointments to the board of the Western Development Commission after revealing that four of the nine board members are former Fine Gael and Labour councillors and candidate.

Speaking today Deputy Mac Lochlainn said;

“Three of the WDC board members, Chairman Paddy McGuinness, Eugene Lavin and Gerard Mullaney are former Fine Gael councillors and board members. Michael Frain ran unsuccessfully for both Fine Gael and then the Labour Party in the 2009 and 2014 local elections. 

“Eugene Lavin and Gerard Mullaney were both appointed only weeks after losing their county council seats in last year’s local elections.

“I believe that these appointments smack of cronyism even more so than that uncovered by the John McNulty affair and I believe the Taoiseach must review these appointments.

“If we are ever to restore confidence in state sponsored boards across all sectors, including charities in receipt of subsidies from Government and donations from the public then these appointments of political cronies must stop.”


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