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Ó Caoláin expresses sympathy with Cullen

Martin Cullen

Martin Cullen

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has expressed sympathy with Fianna Fáil Minister Martin Cullen on his resignation due to ill health. He said Minister Cullen’s further resignation as a Dáil Deputy was a shock that will no doubt have an effect on the stability of the government and called on Taoiseach Brian Cowen to now call a general election.
“While I and my colleagues in Sinn Féin have had many harsh words to say about the former minister, it is always a sad occasion when someone is forced to resign as a result of an illness and I sympathise with Martin Cullen and wish him a return to better health in the future,” said Ó Caoláin.
“While it was widely expected that he would resign from the cabinet his resignation as a Dáil Deputy has come as a shock. This now leaves Brian Cowen and his Government facing three by-elections. The most honourable thing for the Taoiseach and this government would be would be to stand down and allow for a general election without further delay.”
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