The government has ‘annuled’ Sinn Féin’s motion of no-confidence in Leo Varadkar called after it emerged the Tanaiste leaked documents relating to an Irish Medical Organisation pay deal to a rival union the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP).
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said TDs would view the issue “in the round” and accept that it was a single error made by the Tánaiste.
Via Irish Examiner:
Mr Donohoe said Government TDs and those who work with the Tánaiste accept two things.
“The first thing they accept is that the way in which this particular matter was handled fell short of the standards that Leo Varadkar has for himself.
“But the second thing I think they accept is that Leo has demonstrated the highest standards in his time in public office on the management and leadership of a whole array of masters for our country.”
Mr Donohoe denied claims made in Village magazine that he had met with former NAGP president Dr Ó Tuathail twice last year.
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Children, Kathleen Funchion (above) and and Mairéad Farrell (top right) speak to the media concerning the controversial passing of the Mother and Baby Home records bill.
Depty Funchion said she has written to the Data Protection Commissioner’s office to seek their observations on why they believe the vote last week to seal the records of the Mother and Baby Home Commission for 30 years may have contravened European and Irish law with regard to the accessibility of personal data.
Last Friday, it was revealed the DPC was consulted by the Department of Children ahead of the drafting of the bill., with DPC Deputy commissioner Graham Doyle saying:
“It would appear to the DPC to be the case that the separate provisions of the 2004 Act in relation to the sealing of documents were not intended in the context of the amendment to the 2018 Act to provide an effective ‘blanket’ barrier to the exercise of rights
Deputy Funchion, who delivered an emotional speech during the Dáil debate on the bill, said:
“I am anxious to focus on solutions that we can bring forward now, particularly through legislation.”
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health David Cullinane (above) launches the Sinn Fein Alternative Budget Proposals for Health joined by Thomas Gould TD (second right); spokesperson on Mental Health Mark Ward TD (right); and spokesperson on Climate Justice, Senator Lynn Boylan (left).
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“Claims by Sinn Féin to be wholly committed to achieving Irish reunification through peaceful methods are brought into question on a regular basis. The continuing sale of memorabilia such as this brings further questions.
“The establishment of a United Island Unit in the Department of the Taoiseach under this Government will allow these questions to be considered with the respect they deserve.”