Is Shane Ross in big trouble?

ger12

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After consistently denying that he in any way interfered with decision to open his local Garda station, the Irish Examiner are tomorrow publishing the full transcript tomorrow on an interview given by Ross's independent colleague John Halligan where confirmed that Shane Ross at that private meeting with Leo Varadkar, days before he became Taoiseach, was "pressing" the issue of reopening Stepaside Garda Station.

"Mr Halligan, in detail, set out how he and other members of the group met Mr Varadkar and how at that meeting the then-Taoiseach elect said he would get certain issues "over the line" for the Alliance. These included extending cardiac services in Mr Halligan's native Waterford as well as the reopening of Stepaside Garda station in the Dublin Rathdown constituency of Shane Ross.

Mr Ross, speaking to RTE's Prime Time, has denied that Mr Varadkar made a promise to get Stepaside "over the line" at that meeting, effectively contradicting his Alliance colleague John Halligan."

Yikes ... storm in a teacup or has Ross dug his own grave?

Latest: More audio released contradicting Shane Ross' denial that Leo Varadkar made promises on local issues | BreakingNews.ie
 


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I see no problem with a TD standing up for his constituency. We could do with it in the southeast with the Waterford hospital cardiac service issue.
 

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After consistently denying that he in any way interfered with decision to open his local Garda station, the Irish Examiner are tomorrow publishing the full transcript tomorrow on an interview given by Ross's independent colleague John Halligan where confirmed that Shane Ross at that private meeting with Leo Varadkar, days before he became Taoiseach, was "pressing" the issue of reopening Stepaside Garda Station.

"Mr Halligan, in detail, set out how he and other members of the group met Mr Varadkar and how at that meeting the then-Taoiseach elect said he would get certain issues "over the line" for the Alliance. These included extending cardiac services in Mr Halligan's native Waterford as well as the reopening of Stepaside Garda station in the Dublin Rathdown constituency of Shane Ross.

Mr Ross, speaking to RTE's Prime Time, has denied that Mr Varadkar made a promise to get Stepaside "over the line" at that meeting, effectively contradicting his Alliance colleague John Halligan."

Yikes ... storm in a teacup or has Ross dug his own grave?

Latest: More audio released contradicting Shane Ross' denial that Leo Varadkar made promises on local issues | BreakingNews.ie
Storm in a teacup. Ross can say that of course he made representations (as any TD would) but ultimately had no part in the decision making process.
 

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I see no problem with a TD standing up for his constituency. We could do with it in the southeast with the Waterford hospital cardiac service issue.
Nothing at all wrong with it. Except for the hypocrisy of complaining in the national press for years when others do the exact same and then lie about it.
 

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Nothing at all wrong with it. Except for the hypocrisy of complaining in the national press for years when others do the exact same and then lie about it.
Interim report will be published imminently it seems.
 

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I reckon Ross will get some constituency support for this parish-pump stroke that he's managed to pull.

But nationally he's Jackie Healy Rea now.
 

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My understanding is the Dept of Justice authored this report.

Not the Gardaí.

Why weren't the Gardaí tasked with looking at where they believed policing would best benefit a station to be reopened?
Accdording to Sean Fleming the Gardai were asked to provide the list.
 

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"This morning Mr Fleming said that Acting Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin had given very factual information to the PAC and the nuance of what he said was lost in the reporting of the politics of the matter.

Mr Fleming said that the Government, for political reasons, had "overly influenced" the garda decision."
 


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