Tuesday, 29 April 1980
Dáil Eireann Debate
Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Lenihan): It is proposed to take business in the following order: Nos. 1, 8 (resumed), 9, 10 and 11. Private Members' Business will be taken from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., No. 77 by agreement.
Mr. Keating: Does the Taoiseach propose in the immediate future to make a statement on the profoundly serious allegations made recently by senior representatives of the Garda Síochána that there has been interference up to ministerial level in the course of justice as pursued by the gardaí?
Mr. Keating: I wish to raise on the adjournment the matter about which I have just spoken. Failing the permission of the Ceann Comhairle to raise the matter, I give notice that I intend to ask this question again in the House.
Dr. FitzGerald: I wish to lodge my protest against your failure to protect me in this House. I would remind you that a similar campaign of innuendo was attempted some years ago by Deputy Noel Davern. It was only on the third occasion that I was able to flush it out to the point that I was able to prove the allegation was false. The Chair should have protected me in this matter.
An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: If Deputy FitzGerald believes he has been unprotected by the Chair, I would point out that the matter was disposed of and finalised and the letter was not read. If Deputy FitzGerald wants the letter read at this stage, the Minister of State may read it if he so wishes. That finally disposes of this matter and there will be no further questions on it. Does Deputy FitzGerald request that the letter be read?
Minister of State at the Department of the Public Service (Mr. Calleary): I have no objection to reading the letter to which I referred, but I can assure the Deputy that a member of his party will be very sorry.
Dr. FitzGerald: Everybody in this House was led to believe that the Minister had a letter from me. He deserves to be thrown out. Every effort was made to convince the Press that I had written a letter.
Minister for the Public Service (Mr. G. Fitzgerald): I want to speak here. Deputy FitzGerald raised these questions  because of continuing innuendos against me. I will defend my integrity in this House or anywhere else. At no stage did I say that the particular letter that was being pushed to be read was from Deputy FitzGerald.
Mr. G. Fitzgerald: I am not being given the courtesy of being allowed to finish. I did say that there was also a letter on the file from Deputy FitzGerald, from the great white leader who would not write these letters, making representations.
An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Deputy FitzGerald alleged that there were innuendos and, to a certain extent, that the Chair was preventing him from having those innuendos cleared in the House. On those conditions I decided that the matter would be reopened for reading the letter.
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