Sunday 25 September 2016

Labour TD threatens to reveal name of ‘crony’ Shane Ross sought to have appointed to State board

Published 20/01/2016 | 20:36

Arthur Spring
Arthur Spring
Independent TD Shane Ross. Pic Tom Burke

LABOUR Party TD Arthur Spring has threatened to reveal the name of a “crony” who Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross sought to have appointed to a State board if the deputy does not come clean himself.

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Speaking during a motion of no confidence in Tánaiste Joan Burton in the Dáil, Mr Spring claimed Mr Ross sought to appoint one of his “cronies” to a State board during the life-time of this Government.

Independent TD Shane Ross. Pic Tom Burke
Independent TD Shane Ross. Pic Tom Burke

The Kerry TD called on Mr Ross to name the individual who he sought to have appointed or he would use the Dáil to name the person tomorrow morning.

“I put it to you Deputy Ross that you have to name it to the house tonight and report it and if you don’t by tomorrow morning I will put it on the record of the house,” Mr

Mr Spring said Mr Ross had been “hoisted by his petard” by the claim he had sought to have someone appointed to a State board.

Mr Spring was speaking during the second day of a motion of no confidence in Ms Burton which was sparked by her decision to use a little known clause to appoint retired Irish Congress of Trade Union (ICTI) boss David Begg as chairman of the Pension Authority.

Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald described the appointment of Mr Begg to a €20,000 a year State board role as the “latest outrageous display of abject cronyism”.

Ms Burton also came under-fire for breaching rules on special advisor salaries by paying her chief of staff Ed Brophy €144,000.

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