View Irish language version of this page JOIN US STAND UP DONATE


Hard to Imagine Any Other Minister Being Allowed to Remain While Gardaí Are Investigating Them.

Aontú Leader & Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has stated that “No other Minister in Government would be allowed to remain in office while there is an ongoing Criminal Garda Investigation to actions carried out by that Minister. The Tánaiste should do the right thing and step down as Tánaiste for the duration of the Garda Criminal Investigation.


An Teachta Tóibín:


“How can any Minister seriously expect to be allowed to remain in their role, whilst they are under Garda investigation for alleged criminality? We have seen two Ministers for Agriculture in this government sacked where there is no crime involved but the Tánaiste carries on as if a criminal investigation that will be handed on to the DPP with a recommendation is a trivial thing. One Fine Gael Minister even had the temerity to defend – on the national broadcaster – these alleged criminal actions, as being in the public interest. If Leo Varadkar was a FF Minister, and not the Leader of FG, he would be out on his ear . Whilst the country is crippled economically through the longest lockdown in Europe, the vaccine roll-out is floundering, Varadkar has the government working as his own defence team.”


“The statements by Leo Varadkar in the Dáil were disingenuous and deceitful. Internal correspondence within the HSE contradicts his defence of his actions. The Garda scoping exercise has now been upgraded to a formal criminal investigation. Initially, the Gardaí were just trying to determine whether an offence had been committed by the then-Taoiseach. Now it’s a full-blown criminal investigation being carried out by the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, with a file and a recommendation whether to prosecute to go to the Director of Public Prosecutions within the coming months. How can Leo Varadkar continue in his role as Deputy Head of the Government whilst the NCBI and DPP have a file for potential prosecution on him? While not condoning the actions of Barry Cowan, Dara Calleary, Phil Hogan, Jerry Buttimer and Phill Hogan have all resigned during the life of this government over what many would consider less. Failure for Varadkar to step aside, shows that he operates by different rules”.


 

By Aontú Press | 15 March, 2021



Related Posts


The Irish political system is radically broken



In Ireland the vast majority of elected representatives put a finger in the air to check which way the political wind is blowing. They have one eye on their leaders – seeking brownie points – and another eye keeping their seat safe. If elected reps shut up and do as they’re told, they are promoted; if they stand up for what they believe in, they are demoted. No wonder we have the political class we have. No wonder a half a billion euro is being buried in a hole under the National Children’s Hospital and that Stormont is in stalemate.



Throughout Ireland, many people are now afraid to say what they feel, many are afraid to respectfully engage on a range of different topics. Many feel there is a new censorship and a new political correctness in Ireland, that opposition to the establishment is being deleted.



Respectful opposition is not the enemy. Respectful opposition is a critical element of a functional democracy. Aontú will have the backbone to stand up, without fear, for you.




STAND UP