THE statement from Fianna Fáil calling for an explanation of the €3.6 billion Finance Department accounting error is “hilarious” according to Labour TD Ciarán Lynch.
“I think I have seen it all. Speaking in the Dáil today, Fianna Fail TD Michael McGrath was demanding an explanation of how the recently discovered €3.6 billion accounting error in the Department of Finance came about.
“This, coming from man whose party who cost the Irish people €70 billion, as a result of the catastrophic bank bailout of September 29 2008.
“The €3.6 billion discovered this week is just small change compared to the sums of public funds that his crowd were playing with for years.
“Here is yet another attempt by Fianna Fáil to rewrite history and to act as if the party mysteriously appeared out of thin air, when the 31st Dáil convened on March 9th this year.
“Of course, that is not the case at all, and the people of Ireland are all-too familiar with the legacy that his party has left behind after 14 years of mismanagement, a legacy that we will have to live with for years to come.
“In any case, this error arose when there was a Fianna Fáil minister in the Department of Finance, so short of expecting us to build a time machine and travel back in time to prevent the error from happening in the first place, I’m not quite sure what Deputy McGrath expects members of this government to do.
“In fact the time machine might not be a bad idea of it could be used to retrospectively prevent Fianna Fáil ever getting their hands on the levers of power,” he said.