Speaking in the Dáil today, the Taoiseach once again refused to publish the text proposed by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy on reducing the interest rate paid by Ireland. Instead, the Taoiseach engaged in a bizarre round of denials and contradictions.
Commenting, Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD said: “The behaviour of the Taoiseach on this issue has been increasingly erratic and increasingly suspicious. When I asked him to publish the text last week, he flatly refused, comfortably claiming that there was no issue as I already had a copy of it. Today, however, he attempted to deny the very existence of the text saying ‘No text was formally tabled at the meeting by President Van Rompuy’.”
“Then, minutes later, when pressed for a straight answer as to whether he was in fact provided with a text he responded: ‘The answer is yes and that was presented to me and it wasn’t acceptable to me’.”
“Given the huge stakes involved, it should be patently clear why it is important to see what this country refused when offered a reduction in the interest rate on our loans. It is only when we know what was refused that we will be able to judge whether any new deal represents real progress and better terms. The Taoiseach promised to be open and transparent with the people. Yet he refuses to publish the details of a very important offer that could potentially break the deadlock on Ireland’s interest rate. At the very least, the leaders of each of the political parties in the Dáil should be allowed to read the Van Rompuy text and make an assessment of it.”