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Toland Review group should monitor and oversee reform in dysfunctional Department of Justice

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The independent Toland Review group which found the Department of Justice to be closed and secretive should be invited back to conduct an urgent progress update on its reform recommendations, the Social Democrats said today. The party’s co-leader Róisín Shortall TD said: “The events of the past few days have exposed major problems once again within a dysfunctional Department of Justice, including what was referred in the Toland report as Read More

Minister for Justice must end evasion and answer key questions about McCabe email affair

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Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan still has important questions to answer in relation to his department’s handling of the McCabe email affair, the co-leader of the Social Democrats, Róisín Shortall TD, said tonight. Deputy Shortall accused the Minister of evasion in how he handled a series of questions which she raised with him in the Dáil this evening. She said: “We know that Minister Charlie Flanagan was told about the original Read More

Outside expert must head up review into Department of Justice’s email trawl

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The inquiry into how Department of Justice emails released last night were missed in the first trawl of documents for the Charleton Tribunal must be led by an independent external expert if it is to have the full confidence of the public, the Social Democrats said today. Speaking following Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil, the party’s co-leader Róisín Shortall TD said: “I welcome the fact that the Taoiseach is commissioning Read More

Full transcripts of O’Higgins Commission must now be publicly released

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he Social Democrats have called for the full transcripts of the O’Higgins Commission to be released so we can finally get to the truth about the aggressive legal strategy pursued against Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe. The party’s co-leader Róisín Shortall TD said: “I welcome the Tánaiste’s resignation, however overdue. But it does point to very poor judgment on the part of the Taoiseach who allowed this issue to fester Read More

Tánaiste’s position untenable in light of latest Maurice McCabe emails

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The Social Democrats have said the Tánaiste’s position is untenable in the light of further documents released tonight about Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. The party’s co-leader Róisín Shortall TD said: “The sheer extent of the Tánaiste’s dereliction of her duty as Minister for Justice is laid bare in the chain of emails released tonight. “The correspondence shows that a senior official in the Minister’s department liaised with the then Garda Read More

Fine Gael recklessly spoiling for an election instead of coming clean

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The Social Democrats have accused Fine Gael of spoiling for an election rather than coming clean about the severe failings of the Tánaiste in her handling the Maurice McCabe email affair. Party co-leader Róisín Shortall TD said this morning: “It was spelled out to Frances Fitzgerald in the email she received in May 2015 that the appalling campaign to blacken Maurice McCabe’s name was continuing under a planned legal strategy Read More

Minister Flanagan has questions to answer

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Róisín Shortall, the co-leader of the Social Democrats, has called for Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, to explain his role in the Maurice McCabe email affair. Speaking today after Leaders’ Questions, Deputy Shortall said; “There is an understandable focus on the Tánaiste’s role in all this. However, it is becoming clearer and clearer that the current Minister for Justice also has serious questions to answer.” “We are now being told Read More

Opinion: Stop consultants gaming healthcare system

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It is beyond cruel to see in last night’s PrimeTime Investigates programme how the lives of public patients waiting to see consultants in State-funded hospitals are being limited by pain, by anxiety, by the sheer misery of a system that fails them. While there is public shock and horror again at the revelations, anyone who knows anything how our public health system operates won’t be surprised at the abuse shown. Read More

PrimeTime Investigates revelations on hospital consultants a national scandal

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Róisín Shortall TD, co-leader of the Social Democrats, called the revelations in tonight’s Prime Time Investigates programme a ‘national scandal’. The programme revealed in the starkest terms how public patients waiting to see consultants in State-funded hospitals face unnecessary delays, pain and suffering. Ms Shortall said: “As alarming as the programme’s findings are they will come as no surprise to anyone who has studied the accelerating collapse of our vital Read More

Taoiseach must urgently explain Government approach to McCabe Inquiry

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Róisín Shortall TD, the Social Democrats Co-Leader, has called for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to urgently correct the Dáil Record in light of this evening’s revelations regarding Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald’s knowledge of the legal strategy on the Garda McCabe case at the O’Higgins Commission. Róisín Shortall said: “The revelations this evening are deeply disturbing and it is vital that the Taoiseach takes the earliest opportunity when the Dáil resumes tomorrow to Read More