Monday 27 March 2017

Renua leader's quest for 'transparency'

Fine Gael candidate Kate O’Connell has called on Renua leader Lucinda Creighton (pictured) to publish all evidence in relation to the legal fees controversy in the interests of transparency and accountability. Photo: Mark Condren
Fine Gael candidate Kate O’Connell has called on Renua leader Lucinda Creighton (pictured) to publish all evidence in relation to the legal fees controversy in the interests of transparency and accountability. Photo: Mark Condren

Philip Ryan and Ronald Quinlan

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has made a political career out of calling for transparency and political reform.

Before and after she quit Fine Gael in 2013 over abortion legislation, Ms Creighton regularly called her party colleagues to account over what she perceived as unethical behaviour.

When former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was before the Mahon Tribunal over his personal finances, the Renua leader was quick to criticise Fianna Fáil.

In January 2008, she issued a statement criticising a Fianna Fáil cabinet minister for attacking the tribunal, as details of Mr Ahern's financial affairs were being scrutinised.

She described this as a "concentrated attempt" to undermine the tribunal because ministers did not like its findings.

She also attacked her former Fine Gael colleague and then Environment Minister Phil Hogan, after he blocked the Standards In Public Office (Sipo) attempts to force full disclosure of all political donations. Mr Hogan said it was not legally possible for parties to disclose all donations received at a grassroots level.

At the time, Ms Creighton said it was "important" that all political parties "account for monies raised at all levels".

"That's the very least that taxpayers and the public can expect," she added.

Ms Creighton has also introduced legislation calling for greater transparency and openness in how political donations are recorded by politicians.

Irish Independent

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