I wish to share my time with the Tánaiste, Deputy Harney, and Deputy O'Kennedy.
This motion has little to do with public probity. It is not prompted by any genuine zeal for the public good. It is promoted by raw political opportunism and fuelled by the desperation of Opposition parties who are unable to come up with any credible alternative policies on the issues that really affect the progress of this country and the lives and conditions of our people.
Deputy Quinn said last night that he had witnessed many strokes in his time as a politician but this appointment was the worst. The stroke by the Fine Gael Party of tabling this motion is one of the worst I have witnessed involving the mixture of a tragic accident at a Dublin roundabout and political opportunism in exploiting the events that ensued.