Doherty left red faced as Noonan confirms role of Seanad in improving his legislation
Fianna Fáil’s Front Bench Spokesperson Niall Collins has commented on the latest Fine Gael stunt aimed at bolstering bogus arguments against reforming the Seanad.
This morning it emerged that Fine Gael’s Deputy Director of Elections Regina Doherty had incurred costs of approximately €3,000 asking a series of questions about the work of the Seanad, only to be told by her ministerial colleagues that all the information she sought was already available free of charge online.
Deputy Collins commented, “The irony of Fine Gael wasting resources in this way, at the same time that they make bogus and exaggerated complaints about the cost of the Seanad will not be lost on people. It is typical of the campaign that the Government have run to date – shallow, populist and with very little basis in fact.
“The stunt has backfired not only in the needless costs that have been incurred, but also because Deputy Doherty has inadvertently undermined her own point. Far from agreeing that the Seanad has not played a valuable role in the amendment of legislation, her senior colleague Michael Noonan actually goes out of his way to confirm that he had amended a series of important Bills on the basis of points made in the Seanad.”