Sinn Féin expects motion of no confidence to pass through Dail next week – Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has said this evening that her party’s motion of no confidence in HSE Director General Tony O’Brien will go ahead next week and that she expects support from Fianna Fáil and others in light of today’s events at the Public Accounts Committee.

Speaking tonight Deputy McDonald said;

“Over the past two weeks we have been dealing with fall out of the cervical check scandal. Women have died, women have suffered and women are worried.

“Central to building confidence in health is the need for information, clarity, support and accountability.

“This scandal happened on the watch of the Director General of the HSE, Tony O’Brien. Mr O’Brien has failed to do the right thing and stand down, while the government has refused to hold him to account.

“Sinn Féin has provided time for the Taoiseach and Minister of Health to act on this issue and yet with each day new disclosures are made and the scandal deepens.

“Today we have seen memos on the issue dating back to 2016 and the need for a media handling strategy.

“What is required is for Mr O’Brien to go? This is the first and necessary step for accountability in the HSE and to begin to the process of rebuilding confidence.

“While the government refuses to act, Sinn Féin will move a motion in the Dáil seeking Mr O’Brien removal from his position.

“We expect all those parties and Independents who expressed no confidence in Mr O’Brien to support our motion.

“Now is the time for action, for accountability and for justice for the women and families affected.”