Labour Senator Jimmy Harte has challenged Sinn Fein Deputy Pearse Doherty to give up his Senate pension after he lobbied to have it closed.
In a scathing attack, Senator Harte said Sinn Fein are now trying to blame the Government for the Senate Referendum’s failure.
“Sinn Fein trying to blame the government and take no responsibility for their poor judgement is a predictable reaction to their flip flopping attitude to electoral reform,” he said.
He said that whilst Sinn Fein senators in Dublin were voting against the holding of a referendum, Deputy Doherty was calling for its abolition as in his own words “it’s an affront to democracy.”
“As Gerry Adams was describing the actions of Enda Kenny as a power grab and Mary Lou Mc Donald wanted a second chamber in the future, Deputy Doherty was off on his solo run but forgot to take the ball with him.
“He’s now blaming the other players on the team and trying to get off the pitch.
“I would call on Deputy Doherty to forego his Senate pension entitlements if he says the institution is undemocratic.
“Otherwise he is in the same camp as the FF ministers of the last government who refused to give up their pensions and collect salaries.”