Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on his constituency colleagues, Ministers Joan Burton and Leo Varadkar to take the lead in the Cabinet in banning corporate donations. He was speaking in the light of the release of the Moriarty Report.
“The release of the Moriarty Report into actions of Michael Lowry, Denis O’Brien and Ben Dunne reveal why now, more than ever, we need to sever the link between big business and politics. I am calling on recently appointed Ministers, Joan Burton and Leo Varadkar, to lead this action in the Cabinet”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“The Moriarty Report outlines the close relationships that build up between business people and ministers and political parties in power. It shows how there was a belief that influence could be bought. The Green Party had prioritized a bill banning corporate donations, and one had almost been fully drafted by the Attorney General’s Office before the General Election. I am calling on Ministers Burton and Varadkar to ensure that this is quickly brought before the Oireachtas”.
“At the ‘Have Your Say’ debate in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, during the General Election campaign, Leo Varadkar stated clearly that if Fine Gael was in government, they would ban corporate donations. The new Programme for Government contains a pledge to introduce the necessary legislative and constitutional provisions to do this. Even Fianna Fail has called for corporate donations to be banned. There is political consensus on the issue. What is needed now is for the new Government to quickly take action”.
“The revelations from the Moriarty Report are hugely damaging to Ireland’s reputation as a good place to do business, particularly as we attempt to recover from the banking crisis. An important first step to restoring our good name in the eyes of international investors would be to finally ban corporate donations and show that money can never again be used to buy economic influence”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.