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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Labour leader candidate White stays silent on Garda Commissioner's resignation

Emma Jane Hade

Published 06/06/2014 | 12:00

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Labour leader candidate Alex White has refused to say if he believes Garda Commissioner was fired.

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It was reported earlier today the Junior Minister sent a letter to Labour party members accusing Taoiseach Enda Kenny of sacking Martin Callinan.

Earlier this morning he refused to say this, but said that he believes that Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore was not consulted on the decision of the future of the former Commissioner’s career.

"The point I was making in my letter to Labour members was that it is critically important that when important decisions are being made in a coalition government that both partner party's are involved, and that is absolutely critical. 

“And, I must say that I was concerned on that occasion that their appeared to be decisions made or decisions contemplated where the leader of the Labour Party, the Tanaiste, does not appear do have been consulted on that day, and I would think that is a very, very bad practice,” he said.

The Junior Minister said “the necessity for parity of esteem within the government” is something that he would “insist on as Tanaiste, as leader of the Labour Party”.

“In circumstances where critically important decisions are made in government, particularly of the nature of that particular decision, that their should never be any question that the leader of the partner party in government, in this case the Labour Party, would be excluded from such decisions. 

“That should not happen and will not happen,” he added.

Minister White, who has responsibility for medical cards, once again gave the Health Minister James Reilly his full support and confidence- despite the question surrounding his authority and ability amidst the current medical card fiasco.

“I've been working with James Reilly in the department of health.  And we have a lot of work to do, we are working hard today on that issue and on many other issues,” he added.

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