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Should Heather Humphreys remain as Minister ?


Should Heather Humphreys resign over McNultygate?

  • Yes

    Votes: 82 64.6%
  • No

    Votes: 45 35.4%

  • Total voters
    127
  • Poll closed .

breakingnews

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Heather told SIPO she was not related to her special advisor, her second cousin.

Sunday Times.
 

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She told them...
http://opac.oireachtas.ie/AWData/Library3/AHGdoclaid161014a_152613.pdf

...not related _as defined under the act_ Ethics in Public Office Act, 1995

“relative”, in relation to a person, means a brother, sister, parent or spouse of the person or a child of the person or of the spouse;
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In a rural area a second cousin would be regarded as a close relation. Further out would be " a friend". I have seen second cousins of candidates out canvassing.
 

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She told them...
http://opac.oireachtas.ie/AWData/Library3/AHGdoclaid161014a_152613.pdf

...not related _as defined under the act_ Ethics in Public Office Act, 1995

“relative”, in relation to a person, means a brother, sister, parent or spouse of the person or a child of the person or of the spouse;
Doesn't matter. If she knew that the SA was her second cousin (I don't know all of mine) then she should have told the full truth. It's wholly wrong of FG/Labour Ministers to use Gerry Adams as their role model for honesty and full disclosure.

She was fully entitled to appoint whomseover she wanted as her Special Adviser, so why not simply tell the truth?
 

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A second cousin is not a relation under SIPO - could anything be clearer - it is the same for all parties.
 

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A second cousin is not a relation under SIPO - could anything be clearer - it is the same for all parties.
True. She could have married her second cousin had she wished to.

But what's the harm in telling the truth? We need more honesty in Irish Politics.
 

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Prime Time - Humphreys, McNulty and the IMMA - RTÉ News

Katie Hannon has some of the correspondence re the John McNulty appointment, the IMMA director was only told on the 18th, the day McNulty name came out in the press, even when they met the Minister that day they didn't discuss it, IMMA offices were not told by the director till the 23rd, so when they were asked on the September 22nd who was on the board the office sent out a list that didn't include the latest two appointees.

The Seanad Clerk emailed the IMMA director on 18th of September asking whether McNulty was a member of the board which he was because Humphreys deemed it so, but she didn't mention to the Clerk that he had only been appointed 6 days before and the IMMA director had only been told by phone that day, the 18th, that he was on the board how long did the director know of McNulty's appointment? hours, minutes?

https://static.rasset.ie/documents/news/email-18-sept.pdf

In the Sunday Times the department said it wrote to IMMA on September 12 notifying it of the appointment but the director was out of office till the 18th but the director wrote
Any lack of communication doesn't justify McNulty using a 6 day appointment as a qualification for a Seanad seat.
The smell from this thing just will NOT go away----to preserve her own reputation---Ibelieve she was hoodwinked and used-----she should resign
 

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She told the truth - she signed the document indicating that she did not employ a relative 'as defined in the act'. She did not tell a lie. She should sue any paper that says she told a lie when she did not.
 

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Not even sure what a 2nd cousin is - is it the children of 1st cousins?
 

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The smell from this thing just will NOT go away----to preserve her own reputation---Ibelieve she was hoodwinked and used-----she should resign
she already said she knew what as going on Statement from the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD « MerrionStreet.ie Irish Government News Service she then spent a week stonewalling the press until the ballots were sent out and it was too late to stop, she knew exactly what she was doing.
 
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According to email titled New Board Members writen by the IMMA director wrote on 23rd September https://static.rasset.ie/documents/news/email-new-board-members.pdf

I was notified by the Department via a phone call from Kevin Lonergan on September 18th

that two new appointments had been made to the IMMA Board, John McNulty and Sheila O’Regan. We have not received anything in writing about this or any communication from the Minister’s office but Iwas told by both Kevin and Niall O’Donnchu that the appointments had been accepted and confirmed.


Several queries had been sent into our press department on that day and subsequent days asking for the list of our Board members and the list of 9 current members was sent out to all queries.
Where it says "Several queries had been sent into our press department on that day" she means the 18th of September, yes?

It was only after the nomination ruling on the 22nd of September after I and others asked the Department of Arts if anybody had been appointed recently to the board was it revealed that the mininster had appointed John McNulty and Sheila O'Regan on the 12th of September.

Why were queries about board members being sent to the IMMA press department on the 18th of September?

Were these people suddenly asking about new board members?

Were they asking about John McNulty and/or Sheila O'Regan?

How would anyone outside the department of Arts know about it to ask?

Did some members of the press or others know John McNulty had been appointed to the IMMA board 6 days before but didn't tell anyone before the nominations ruling on Monday 22nd of September?

Would member of the press have found out that John McNulty was appointed to the IMMA board and not say?, if it wasn't member of the press, then who, it must have been members of Fine Gael who found out and couldn't quite believe it and were enquiring about it...?
 
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According to email titled New Board Members writen by the IMMA director wrote on 23rd September https://static.rasset.ie/documents/news/email-new-board-members.pdf



Where it says "Several queries had been sent into our press department on that day" she means the 18th of September, yes?

It was only after the nomination ruling on the 22nd of September after I and others asked the Department of Arts if anybody had been appointed recently to the board board was it revealed that the mininster had appointed John McNulty and Sheila O'Regan on the 12th of September.

Why were queries about board members being sent to the IMMA press department on the 18th of September? Were these people suddenly asking about new board members? Were they asking about John McNulty and/or Sheila O'Regan? How would anyone outside the department of Arts know about it to ask? Did some members of the press or others know John McNulty had been appointed to the IMMA board 6 days before but didn't tell anyone before the nominations ruling on Monday 22nd of September?

Would member of the press have found out that John McNulty was appointed to the IMMA board and not say?, if it wasn't member of the press, then who, it must have been members of Fine Gael who found out and couldn't quite believe it and were enquiring about it...?
This is an interesting development.

So, the Department made a phone call to tell the Board of IMMA two appointments had been made. Nothing before that and no consultation.

The people looking for the list of board members could've been others that thought they were getting the shout and didn't. Or as you say, FG people looking for information.

Before the current SF stories, there was a lot of pressure on Kenny from within FG. This is seen as the last straw for Kenny.

This "not his finest hour" shtick has essentially confirmed he was lying with previous statements.... including those in the Dáil.
 

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This is an interesting development.

So, the Department made a phone call to tell the Board of IMMA two appointments had been made. Nothing before that and no consultation.

The people looking for the list of board members could've been others that thought they were getting the shout and didn't.
why would anybody be expecting to get appointed to the IMMA board that had its promised maximum 9 members?
 
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why would anybody be expecting to get appointed to the IMMA board that had its promised maximum 9 members?
Maybe they heard it was being increased from within FG.

That is after all where the Minister heard about the people who were looking to get onto the Board.... FG "officials".

Is Enda Kenny a FG official ?
 

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Maybe they heard it was being increased from within FG.

That is after all where the Minister heard about the people who were looking to get onto the Board.... FG "officials".

Is Enda Kenny a FG official ?
The board numbers were only increased to accommodate McNulty, so as to make it look like he was qualified to stand for the Senate Cultural Panel. O'Regan was appointed at the same time because the board has to have an uneven number of members.

If Enda hadn't been trying to get McNulty into the Senate, they would have left the board of IMMA alone.
 

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why would anybody be expecting to get appointed to the IMMA board that had its promised maximum 9 members?
Maybe they heard it was being increased for McNulty, so they were looking for the extra seat this would have created on the board to preserve the uneven numbers, i.e. the seat O'Regan got.
 
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