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The stuff that stops me joining Fine Gael.

Posted by Jason O on Nov 18, 2009 in European Union, Irish Politics |

From today’s Irish Times:

” Fine Gael spokeswoman on European Affairs Lucinda Creighton congratulated the new commissioner but said her relationship with Declan Ganley would have to be clarified. “The Taoiseach needs to come out immediately and clarify whether Máire Geoghegan-Quinn as a former minister for communications sat on the board of one or more of Declan Ganley’s companies, and if so, which companies, for how long and in what capacity.”

It’s this kind of “Aha! we got her!” political point scoring which FG seems to value so highly which irritates me so much. Surely the government has enough real flaws without sly insinuations like this? So what if she worked for Ganley? Lucinda Creighton, and Fine Gael, is better than this.


David HIggins
Nov 18, 2009 at 3:08 pm

It seems like a reasonable clarification to me. Just checking as to whether she had a conflict of interest or not. In America they’re much tighter when it comes to appointments. We saw the likes of Sonia Sotamayor. She had her whole life story told to the media to make sure she was suited for the job. The same applies here. She will not only represent Ireland but Europe in whatever role she is given. It’s important to know that she’s clean

Jason O
Nov 19, 2009 at 8:57 am

David, let’s cut to the chase. What exactly is the insinuation? That a European Commissioner may be in the pay of Declan Ganley? Let Lucinda say that, then.

Nov 20, 2009 at 9:09 am

Spot on Jason, if Fine Gael think MGQ is in Ganley’s pocket then let them come out and say it. This type of back-of-the-hand whispers just serves to alienate people from politicians. If you have something to say, no matter how unpalatable, just come out and bloody say it.
Anyway, isn’t it up to the EU Parliament to scrutinise MGQ’s application and fitness for office? Let them get on with it…



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