The Green Party have welcomed the resignation of Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, but warned that accountability must not stop with the Tánaiste’s resignation.
Speaking today, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said: “We welcome the resignation of the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. We said from the start that now wasn’t the time for an election, and we hope that this averts the prospect of an election before Christmas, with the country facing vital Brexit negotiations.
“However, there are still serious questions to be answered here. When the Taoiseach is amending his cabinet to select a new Minister for Business, he should go further and ensure that the Department of Justice starts off in a new direction under a new Minister. This crisis was centred not just on what happened back in May 2015 but what the Department of Justice was doing in recent weeks. Minister Flanagan took the same approach as his predecessor in overseeing a Department which held back relevant information. He too should step aside.”
Green Party Chair Councillor Roderic O'Gorman added: “We want the role of the Department of Justice to be included in the work of the Charlton Tribunal as we suggested in an amendment last February this year which was voted down by both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael. We also support the break-up of the Department with Home Affairs, and Security and Justice issues being separated to help create a new culture within the institution.”