5/11/2005

Fair play Caoimghín

It appears Sinn Féin leader in the Dáil, Caoimghín Ó Caoláin, was ordered to leave the House after angry exchanges with the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, on the Disability Bill.

The row was in relation to concerns of the umbrella group for the disability sector, the DLCG. DCLG were seeking to give people a right to resources which had never been brought in anywhere. This reform was part of a package of demands along with a number of other essential reforms which needed to be introduced to help the disability sector. In relation to the right to recourses the Taoiseach refused to even consider it.

Caoimghín asked "why Ireland could not give a lead in this matter by introducing such legislation".

The Taoiseach's response to this legitimate question was to label Caoimghín as 'entirely dishonest'.

After further heated exchanges the Ceann Comhairle warned Caoimghín that if he opened his mouth one more time he would be asked to leave the House.

Caoimghín spoke on and was removed.

This shows the utter hypocrisy of Fianna Fail in relations to the Disability bill.

At least the disability sector now knows they have a strong advocate for equality in Sinn Féin.

A party that has always stood up for the most vulnerable in our society while the Brown envelope brigade were robbing the pensioners.

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