Deputies Doyle and Ferris call decision to leave 'regrettable'
DEPUTIES Andrew Doyle and Anne Ferris have both called Stephen Donnelly's recent decision to leave the banking inquiry 'regrettable.'
Speaking this week, Deputy Doyle said that the normal committee structure is one with a Government majority. 'The buck essentially stops with the Government,' he said, adding that Stephen Donnelly has proclaimed professional expertise in the area.
'It's a pity he passed up the opportunity to participate,' said Deputy Doyle of Fine Gael.
'I chair the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine,' said Andrew. He said that there is usually cross-party agreement on matters and very few votes are required on any issue. 'There is great co-operation between colleagues from all parties,' he said.
He added that the Government has the burden of responsibility for carrying out the forthcoming banking inquiry and the opposition could reject the report. 'You have to trust that the people involved will be impartial,' he said. 'It's carried out in public so if anyone was trying to protect anyone or shut down any part of its work it would be apparent.'
Bray-based Deputy Anne Ferris of the Labour Party, made similar remarks. 'He has a great interest in that area,' said Deputy Farris. 'It's better to be part of the solution than part of the problem.'
She added that the members of the banking committee will not be led by Government and that it is very much an independent inquiry.
'There is always a Government majority on committees,' said Deputy Ferris, adding that on such committees the members' objective is to get through their body of work.
'Deputy Donnelly will be a great loss. He always blows me away with his vast knowledge of economics. This inquiry is and should be above politics,' she said.