Sunday 19 November 2017

Tanaiste 'accepts Taoiseach's apology' but McNulty's name remains on ballot paper

Ballot paper for Seanad election. John McNulty is still listed as a member of the board of IMMA.
Enda Kenny and Joan Burton

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

TANAISTE Joan Burton says she accepts the Taoiseach's apology over his handling of the John McNulty cronyism affair.

Speaking in Dublin this afternoon, the Labour Party leader said the government is to draw up new rules surrounding State board appointments.

Ms Burton said she spoke to Mr Kenny at length this morning about the appointment of Mr McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Arts (IMMA) - which has facilitated his run in the upcoming Seanad by-election.

The appointment, which was orchestrated by Mr Kenny, has been dubbed a political  "stroke" by even members of his own party.

John McNulty is still listed as a member of the board of IMMA on ballot papers for the Seanad election.

Mr Kenny himself is to face further questions over the appointment of Mr McNulty, a Donegal businessman.

But Ms Burton today refused to condemn with Mr Kenny's handling of the affair and said future State board appointments will be more transparent.

"The Taoiseach himself has apologised in relation to how it was handled and I am that he has spoken about that," she told reporters.

"What I am determined to see is that we have procedures and processes which are clear to everybody. We need the best people to go on State boards...it's important that those boards are available to a wide range of talents," he added.

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