McDowell’s turn to wear a political prophylactic
On June 23, 1994, Michael McDowell spoke in the Dail on the second stage of the Ethics in Public Office Bill.
The bill was introduced by Eithne FitzGerald, then minister for state in the Fianna Fail Labour coalition government led by Albert Reynolds.
McDowell said: ‘‘The Ethics in Public Office Bill was put into the programme for government to serve as the Labour Party’s political prophylactic. It is a legislative condom which it proposes to wear in its partnership period, which will prevent it from picking up anything it should not pick up from its partners...
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