SF tries to stop FF from 'gazumping' its Garda motion
Sinn Féin has made a last-ditch bid to block a debate on Fianna Fáil's motion on the Gardaí, claiming it is an effort to "gazump" its own bill on the subject.
Party whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh has written to Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl objecting "in the strongest terms" to Fianna Fáil's justice motion - which is due to be debated tonight. Both parties tabled motions in the wake of the controversy over almost a million phantom breath tests recorded by gardaí.
Fianna Fáil is calling on the Government to request that the Policing Authority assess Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan's ability to restore confidence in the force. Sinn Féin's motion - due to be debated tomorrow - calls on the Government to remove the Commissioner. In his letter, Mr Ó Snodaigh argued that Sinn Féin indicated it would bring its motion more than a week before Fianna Fáil published its one. He claimed Fianna Fáil was in breach of a Dáil rule against tabling bills that are "anticipatory" of other members' motions.
He urged Mr Ó Fearghaíl to "reverse the decision" to allow Fianna Fáil's motion to be debated tonight.