12/12/2005

McDowell urged to resign

Independent TD Finian McGrath has called on El Duce Michael McDowell to resign from his position as Minister for Justice after he abused Dáil privilege and falsely linked journalist Frank Connolly to an alleged IRA plot to sell terrorist know-how to Colombian guerillas.
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Calling on the Minister to stand down, Dublin North Central TD Finian McGrath said he had abused his position in the Dáil and his role as a member of the Cabinet.

"He has trampled on the rights of a citizen," Mr McGrath said.

"He has abused Dáil privilege. I asked him a question about the Centre for Public Inquiry he refused to answer about the centre, but used the opportunity to take out someone he disagreed with politically."

"Not only should he resign he should first of all apologise to Frank Connolly, and secondly to the citizens of the state for abusing his position, and if he had any honour and dignity then he should resign."

Mr McGrath has lodged a complaint over the matter with Ceann Comhairle Rory O’Hanlon TD. He also said he would raise the matter with the Committee for Procedures and Privileges to decide whether McDowell had abused his position as a Minister.

Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has also commented on this matter. He said McDowell’s attempts to defend his actions regarding Frank Connolly's role in the Centre for Public Inquiry "aren’t fooling anyone."

McDowell has a history of abusing his position within the Dáil to make outlandish and reprehensible statements. This is further demonstrated by his decision to hide behind state immunity in relation to comments he made about Daily Ireland.

He told them he would "meet them in court" but instead he chose to hide behind the cloak of privilege.

A coward and a liar that needs put out to pasture!

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