Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has welcomed the Taoiseach’s announcement in the Dáil today that the Moriarty Report is to be sent to the relevant legal authorities for consideration. He commented, “I am glad that the Government has heeded Fianna Fáil’s call to refer this grave report to the Director of Public Prosecutions. It was immediately clear yesterday that the report raised serious issues that go to the heart of how public affairs are conducted and that action must be taken.”
“Two core issues need to be considered in relation to this report – what happened before the licence was awarded in order to promote the interests of one bidder, and what happened after the licence was awarded.
“If the Taoiseach is to keep his pledge that honesty is the ‘only policy’, he and his party colleagues will also give their view on the observation of Judge Moriarty that Denis O’Brien had proactively built up his influence within the Fine Gael party in advance of the decision being made, as referenced in the Report.
“If we are to dispel what the Tribunal calls the “shadow” over this country’s public life – then there needs to be complete transparency on every front. There is no excuse for the Taoiseach to put off a proper explanation of this element of the report any longer. He should not need the advice of his Attorney General to enable to talk about the culture and practice within the party of which he is leader.
“Additionally, in light of the position adopted by both Fine Gael and Labour in opposition regarding legal advice provided to Government, I also look forward to early confirmation that this new Government will publish in full the advice of the new Attorney General on the report of the Moriarty Tribunal,” concluded Deputy Martin.