New Justice documents must be released

Issued 25 November 2017

Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin TD has called for the batch of documents provided to Fianna Fáil from the Department of Justice to be provided to all opposition parties, and that clarity is needed as to whether these have also been provided to the Disclosures Tribunal.

Deputy Howlin said:

"In an attempt to salvage the confidence and supply agreement it has been reported that the Taoiseach has now furnished to Fianna Fáil a new trove of documents from the Department of Justice.

"This correspondence has obviously been provided because Fine Gael believe it is relevant to recent events.

"If that is the case then this new evidence should also be provided to other opposition parties and groupings.

"If these new documents form part of the evidence trail surrounding the email released this week then we also need clarity on whether this new material has been furnished to the Disclosures Tribunal.

"At the heart of this controversy is the failure to answer questions in an honest, straight-forward manner. This correspondence should now be released to avoid further controversy."