Fianna Fail protest after snub in banking inquiry
A MAJOR row in the Seanad has erupted over the pending banking inquiry with Fianna Fail set to withdraw 'pairing' cooperation from the Government in protest.
Fianna Fail are furious that a previous understanding with the Government that their nominee for the banking inquiry would be supported by Fine Gael and Labour has been reneged upon.
As a result, they have branded the pending inquiry as nothing more than a "partisan kangaroo court".
The lead opposition party, which has 14 senators, had sought to propose Marc MacSharry to be one of two senators to form the nine-person banking inquiry.
However, their Seanad leader Darragh O'Brien was informed last Thursday that the Government will instead support the nomination of Independent senator Sean Barrett to join a Labour nominee to fill the two Seanad places.
Mr O'Brien, speaking last night to the Irish Independent, has said that on foot of the snub, he is to immediately withdraw pairing cooperation with the Government.
Pairing is the system whereby two TDs or senators from opposing political parties may agree to abstain where one member is unable to vote, due to other commitments including government business, illness or travel problems.