Labour TD Tommy Broughan’s contribution to the Dail debate today on the Moriarty Report has provided a rare moment of clarity from the Government benches, according to Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher.
He commented, “Deputy Broughan today described Fine Gael’s handling of their $50,000 donation and their efforts to conceal it from the Tribunal for as long as possible as “disgraceful”.
“The Deputy also described as “appalling”, the decision to announce the awarding of the most lucrative contract in the history of the state at a cabinet subcommittee.
“Deputy Broghan’s party colleague Minister for Finance Ruairi Quinn also came in for criticism when he said: “It’s reported that the Dept. of Finance opposed indeed the beauty contest and wanted an auction… why did the Dept. and the Minister Quinn not insist on the auction route?”
Deputy Kelleher concluded, “Deputy Broughan’s final and perhaps most important point was that the whole license process had “cast a poor reflection on the competence of the Rainbow Government.” The question we now face is, why has it fallen to a backbench Government TD to provide this rare moment of clarity on the Moriarty Report? We will watch closely to see whether any of his colleagues on the Government benches or within his own party is prepared to be as clear on the matter.”