Tánaist Leo Varadkar said every TD made mistakes “from time to time”, after claiming that the Housing Minister misled Dáil about the Central Bank’s approval for the Dáil’s participation program. government.
Mr Varadkar was responding to TD Catherine Murphy of the Social Democrats who called on Darragh O’Brien to correct the House balance sheet “urgently” following her claim that the Central Bank had approved the shared capital plan in in which the state would take a stake of up to 30 percent in a property purchase under the affordable housing program.
Ms Murphy said she reiterated Dáil’s claim on RTÉ’s Prime Time, which reported earlier this week that the Central Bank had contradicted her claim as the matter was still under review.
The Kildare North TD said cheating on the Dáil appeared to be a “theme of this government” as she asked the Tánaiste if he thought Mr. O’Brien should correct the case.
Mr. Varadkar said he understood that “the minister has already clarified his position and his remarks on this matter”.
But Ms Murphy said that in commenting on the matter in the Dáil on Wednesday, Mr O’Brien made no reference to the inaccurate claim. “The file must be corrected,” she insisted.
The Tánaiste told him that he understood that there were two participation programs, one run by local authorities and the other to be run by financial institutions.
He felt that “they do not require approval from the central bank, but what the bank may require is approval from individual financial institutions to participate in either of these two programs. I think it was in this context that the minister made these comments.
He told Ms Murphy that “we all say inaccurate or incorrect things from time to time, including you, Deputy.
“There is not a single Member in this House who has not said something in an interview, in a meeting or in an e-mail which turned out to be incorrect. We all make mistakes in this regard.
“We do this in good faith and when it is reported to us that we have said something wrong, we try to correct it as soon as possible.”