Tuesday 27 June 2017

11 garda probes into Nama still ongoing

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said four out of a total of sixteen investigations into complaints made to the gardaí involving Nama have been closed
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said four out of a total of sixteen investigations into complaints made to the gardaí involving Nama have been closed

Gordon Deegan

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that 11 investigations into complaints involving Nama "remain under active consideration" by the gardaí more than a year after they were made.

In a written Dáil response, Ms Fitzgerald said four out of a total of 16 investigations into complaints made to the gardaí and involving Nama have been closed with no case to answer.

She confirmed that in one other case a file has been referred to the DPP. It is understood that this case refers to a former official of Nama, Enda Farrell, who will stand trial next year accused of disclosing confidential information.

Mr Farrell (38), with a listed address of La Reine, Avenue Louise, Brussels, Belgium, and formerly of Dunboyne, Co Meath, first appeared before the District Court last year where his case was sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr Farrell faces 13 charges contrary to the 2009 Nama Act of disclosing confidential information in May, June and July 2012 and a trial date of January next has been fixed.

In respect of the 11 outstanding complaints that remain under active consideration, Ms Fitzgerald told Fianna Fáil Finance spokesman Michael McGrath that "it would not be appropriate for me to comment further on the conduct of these investigations".

Irish Independent

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