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House rules are new for SF, but they need to learn them

Published 25/04/2015 | 02:30

Mary Lou McDonald
Mary Lou McDonald

As a former TD, I am dismayed by the nonchalance of Deputy Mary Lou McDonald and her party to the censure by the Committee of Procedure and Privileges following an investigation into her Dáil statements, which found she should not have stated that it had been alleged several former members of the House and a deceased member of the judiciary held Ansbacher accounts.

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She has now refused to withdraw the remarks, despite the fact that all the people named or their families, where deceased, vigorously deny the claims and request the Dáil record be corrected. Ms McDonald declares she acted with due consideration and refuses to withdraw or even moderate her position. This despite the fact that the Revenue Commissioners have confirmed that all the matters raised were previously and thoroughly investigated.

Is the House to be emasculated by her refusal to withdraw the remarks? There has been a finding that she has abused Dáil privilege and made statements about individuals "which were in the nature of being defamatory."

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