Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley says the Taoiseach continues to leave gaping holes in his story over the Government’s botched handling of the John McNulty Seanad nomination fiasco.
He commented: “I, along with TDs from all sides of the house sat aghast in the Dáil this week as the Taoiseach desperately tried to explain away the John McNulty Seanad nomination fiasco. As the days went by the Taoiseach changed his story, contradicted himself and raised even more questions.
“Just yesterday we witnessed Fine Gael with the full support of Labour quietly prepare for John McNulty to win the Seanad bye-election. Only a few days ago the Taoiseach said that it wouldn’t be worthy for Mr McNulty to win the seat, but this changed yesterday with signals that Fine Gael and Labour members are still going to vote for him.
“This whole sorry saga has descended from the fanciful to farcical and the Taoiseach’s fingerprints are all over it. The Taoiseach’s half-hearted apology is now meaningless and it’s clear that Fine Gael will do anything to win the Seanad bye-election.
“On Tuesday, The Taoiseach made it clear through media briefings that McNulty had been stood down by Fine Gael, appearing to send the message to his own party and Labour not to vote for McNulty. By Friday he had rowed back on this, asserting that he wouldn’t be directing his party how to vote. The Taoiseach must now fully explain this blatant contradiction.
“The Taoiseach is desperately trying to untangle himself from this mess but the more he does the more holes he leaves in his story. He must start telling the truth and stop treating people like idiots.
“We need the Taoiseach to come clean and finally tell the real story behind the appointment of Mr McNulty to the board of IMMA to facilitate his nomination in the Seanad bye-election.