Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has said that following developments in the Dáil earlier today, a number of issues arose.
He commented, “The Taoiseach is still not answering key questions in relation to Mr McNulty’s appointment to the IMMA Board. He repeated it was not his finest hour but refused to confirm or deny whether he ordered staff to instruct Minister Heather Humphreys to appoint Mr McNulty.
“Mr McNulty has now asked the Oireachtas members not to vote for him even though the ballot papers arrived yesterday. Who is accountable for this mess?
“The Taoiseach has treated the IMMA Board, the entire Arts Community and the members and staff of Seanad Éireann with total disdain. Much to the Taoiseach’s disappointment, the people voted last year to keep the Seanad. He needs to realise that the will of the people is to retain the Seanad and reform it. The Taoiseach needs to start by respecting IMMA the Seanad and the people by explaining his exact role in this whole debacle.”