Tuesday 24 January 2017

Fianna Fail will not table motion against Mary Lou McDonald

Published 15/04/2015 | 15:32

Micheal Martin
Micheal Martin

Fianna Fail has decided against tabling a motion of censure against Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald after the Oireachtas procedures watchdog found she breached parliamentary privilege.

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Fianna Fail party whip Sean O Fearghail yesterday said the party was considering whether to table a motion against Ms McDonald for using Dail privilege to name former politicians who were alleged to have off-shore bank accounts.

Speaking after the Fianna Fail parliamentary party meeting this afternoon, Timmy Dooley said the party favoured changing Dail rules to ensure future breaches are penalised rather than table a motion of censure.

Mr Dooley said standing orders should be changed so TDs found in breach of parliamentary privilege should be deducted a month’s salary.

“That should kick-in automatically. We are not interested in the short term of dealing with any one individual,” Mr Dooley said

Mr Dooley said he did not believe Ms McDonald acted in “good faith” when she named politicians in the Dail and insisted rules should be introduced to ensure other deputies are penalised for abusing parliamentary privilege in the future.

Fianna Fail health spokesman Billy Kelleher also revealed he will publish the party’s long-awaited health policy next Tuesday.

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