Monday 18 December 2017

Row erupts in Dáil as Fine Gael accused of 'cash for access' scheme

Joan Burton Picture: Tom Burke
Joan Burton Picture: Tom Burke

Niall O’Connor

Fine Gael has been accused in the Dáil of embarking on a “cash for access” scheme for ministers.

In an extraordinary set of allegations, former Tánaiste Joan Burton suggested that Fine Gael may be breaking ethics laws by encouraging its ministers to ramp up its fundraising efforts.

The Labour Party politician cited media reports, including the Irish Independent, after it was reported that ministers were told yesterday that more fundraisers such as breakfasts and dinners needed to be organised so as to reduce Fine Gael’s debt.

Using Dáil privilege, she likened this to a “cash for access” scheme - prompting an angry response from Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Mr Kenny told the claims were beneath Ms Burton “as a former Tánaiste” to make such allegations.

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