Resignation puts spotlight on ‘parish pump’ politics
Campaigning for constituents is far from taboo in Irish politics, yet the formality and tone of Trevor Sargent’s enquiry were his downfall, writes Niamh Connolly
The resignation of Green Party junior minister Trevor Sargent has revealed the nature of private contacts between TDs and gardaí on behalf of constituents. Section 6 of the 1974 Prosecutions of Offences Act states that it is unlawful to communicate with gardaí to influence a decision on either withdrawing a charge or not initiating criminal proceedings.
TDs who spoke to this newspaper agreed that the former Green minister had overstepped the mark by telling a...
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