Oireachtas committee rejects ombudsman’s Lost at Sea report

The Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture has rejected the Ombudsman's report on the Lost at Sea scheme, with Fine Gael accussing Fianna Fail of sacrificing the ombudsman in order to protect one of their own.

Emily O'Reilly had concluded that the Byrne family in Donegal should be compensated because they were unfairly denied relief when they applied to be included in the scheme.

Labour say the Fianna Fail rejection of the report is tantamount to an attack on the office of the Ombudsman and on its incumbent, and citizens can no longer be confident that of the independence of the office.

Meanwhile, Donegal Labour Councillor says Donegal's Fianna Fail TDs should immediately declare their support for the Byrne family, and demand they be paid the compensation the ombudsman recommended...........

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