Fine Gael TD for Louth, Fergus O’Dowd, has called on Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, to clarify whether the party accepted a cheque in 2008 from a man who is alleged to be a convicted fuel smuggler.
“Following revelations in last night’s Frontline Presidential debate, I think that Micheál Martin, and indeed the entire Fianna Fáil party hierarchy have serious questions to answer. Did the party, as it is alleged, accept a cheque for a substantial sum of money from an alleged fuel smuggler in 2008?
“Micheál Martin needs to clarify this situation without delay. If the party did in fact accept this money, will they now hand it back?
“This is a very worrying matter. Fuel smuggling is an extremely serious crime, which costs the State millions of euro every year. The suggestion that Fianna Fáil, while in Government, would have taken money from someone allegedly involved in this illicit trade is deeply disconcerting.
“Micheál Martin cannot ignore this issue. He was a Government Minister at the time, and one of the most senior members of the party. He needs to come clean immediately.”