February 15, 2017
The Social Democrats have today said that last nights supposed statements of clarification from Taoiseach, Tánaiste and key Ministers did nothing to address the six very straightforward questions tabled by Sergeant Maurice McCabe in his statement on evening.
Co-Leaders Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy have said that as soon as the public inquiry is established there will be no further scope to pursue these questions in an urgent and timely way and they will be left to the mercy of the inquiry which may not report for a considerable time. They said this was simply not good enough.
Róisín Shortall TD said:
“It is inconceivable that there were 3 hours in the Dáil last night purporting to be clarifying the obfuscation around this issue yet the specific questions which Sergeant McCabe clearly stated he wanted urgent answers to have yet to be addressed. The 3 hours were effectively spent with the Taoiseach trying to unravel the almighty web of mistruth and confusion that he and the Tánaiste have created. That emphasis on self-preservation is of no use to Sergeant McCabe and is not what this should be about.”
“A clear legislative basis for those six questions to be answered has been set out by Sergeant McCabe’s solicitor and it is imperative that those answers are provided now and not kicked into a public inquiry where those answers will be some time down the road. That is not what Sergeant McCabe hoped for and it is not what he deserves.”
15th February 2017