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Increasingly strange… January 30, 2015

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics.
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…only got a minute, so I’ll keep it short. I’m unable to understand how the Ceann Comhairle can criticise Fianna Fáil for seeking to undermine him in relation to his ruling that there would be no Dáil debate on the creation of a commission of inquiry into allegations about the Garda when not a few days back the Deputy leader of the Labour Party was as far as can be determined raising questions as to the constitutionality of the CC’s approach? How can one be undermining and not the other?

Granted the CC ‘rejected criticism’ from Kelly, but that’s not quite the same thing:

“Alan Kelly had no business saying what he said because he didn’t know the facts. And I made it clear to the Tánaiste yesterday that I objected to that remark.
“He didn’t know the facts. And people are speaking without actually addressing the facts.”

Whereas:

“Of course [the main Opposition parties] they are [out to undermine him], it’s perfectly obvious. Because this is no business of plain politics, this is a unique situation where a deputy who was minister for justice has a case pending in the High Court, and who has already through his solicitors sought from me and from the Government to have his name deleted from the terms of reference.

“I really object to the manner in which this is being reported, which is obviously designed to put me in a bad light, and affect the confidence in my independence as Ceann Comhairle.”

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1. que - January 31, 2015

If you want to have the minimum skin in the game you now need to be working to throw Barrett under the bus.

This guy is toast.

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WorldbyStorm - January 31, 2015

Hard not to think that. It’s the old adage, when you become the story you’re finished.

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2. dublinstreams - January 31, 2015

why didn’t Alan Kelly know the facts?

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WorldbyStorm - January 31, 2015

Or put it another way, why didn’t M. Martin know the ‘facts’? Or why does the CC treat the two of them, Martin and Kelly, differently even though they’ve essentially said exactly the same thing?

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dublinstreams - February 1, 2015

No Im asking why Sean Barretts thinks Alan Kelly didn’t know the facts? Is he actually saying Alan Kelly got the details of the issue wrong, or is he saying Alan Kelly didn’t know the facts, if so why didn’t he? because he wasn’t told them by the Ceann Comhairle?

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