Tuesday 17 October 2017

Honohan to explain to gardai his decision not to act on Anglo Tapes

Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

CENTRAL Bank Governor Patrick Honohan is to explain to Gardai why he decided not to make a criminal complaint about the Anglo Tapes.

In a statement tonight, Mr Honohan said he plans to share with Gardai his analysis of why the issues raised by the notorious recordings from inside Anglo Irish Bank led the Central Bank to conclude that “no new issues have been identified that relate to suspected criminal offences having occurred.'

It comes after pressure was piled on Patrick Honohan by thie Irish Independent  – which broke the Tapes scandal – and members of the Oireachtas Finance Committee to explain at a heated session this week.

Earlier this week TDs and Senators from across the political divided pushed the Governor to explain his decision not to send a file on the content of the controversial tapes to the Gardai or the Director of Corporate Enforcement.

The statement says: "The Central Bank has today notified the chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, following its meeting on 25 September, of its updated position.

"Governor Honohan said: 'During my appearance before the Committee on 25 September I said the Bank would examine further the issue of releasing to An Garda Síochána information relating to the Bank’s examination of the Anglo Tapes transcripts, referenced in our public statement of 24 September 2013.

"I wish to inform you that I intend to share with An Garda Síochána, on a without prejudice basis, the Central Bank’s analysis of the issues arising in the tapes which led the Central Bank to conclude that no new issues have been identified that relate to suspected criminal offences having occurred.'

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