Maverick Labour TD attacks coalition partners
Published 31/03/2011 | 05:00
A MAVERICK Labour TD has accused his party's coalition partners of being just as bad as Fianna Fail when it comes to controversial payments.
Tommy Broughan, who was opposed to going into government, said yesterday the Moriarty Report showed that Fianna Fail and Fine Gael were "two sides of the same coin".
He also said the second mobile phone licence process casts a "poor reflection on the competence" of the Rainbow government of the mid-1990s.
During the last stages of the Dail debate on the Moriarty Tribunal report yesterday, Mr Broughan said he long-believed Fine Gael and Fianna Fail had similar legacies.
"In many internal Labour Party debates I described Fianna Fail and Fine Gael as two sides of the same coin and argued strongly against going into government with either," Mr Broughan told the Dail.
"It is therefore no surprise that Judge Moriarty draws a similar analogy in relation to payments to Mr Haughey and Mr Lowry and to Fianna Fail and Fine Gael."
He claimed the Moriarty Report was a "horrific reflection" on former Fine Gael minister Michael Lowry, businessman Denis O'Brien, the Fine Gael Party, the Department of Communications and indeed the Rainbow government of the mid-1990s itself.
But a Labour Party spokesman said that Mr Broughan's claims that Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are "two sides of the same coin" had been echoed many times before.
A democratic decision has since followed, in which more than 90pc of Labour members voted to go into Government with Fine Gael, the Labour spokesman said.