John Drennan: FG chair slams the attitude of Quinn and O'Brien to law
O'Brien also criticised for attacks on judiciary
The Fine Gael parliamentary party chairman Charlie Flanagan has slammed a growing culture of "disrespect" amongst powerful businessmen such as Sean Quinn and Denis O'Brien for the courts and the "law of the land''.
In a further sign of serious unease within the party over the supportive stance of the Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly for the Quinn dynasty, Mr Flanagan, the party's former justice spokesperson, told the Sunday Independent that "politicians should be visibly seen to stand by the law of the land''.
In what will be seen by some as a thinly veiled criticism of Mr Kelly, Mr Flanagan added that "when it comes to decisions made by a sovereign Irish court, politicians are expected to act carefully to give a good example and moral leadership''.