Tuesday 27 September 2016

Bank Inquiry whistleblower hits back

Published 05/12/2015 | 00:00

Fianna Fail Senator Marc MacSharry said the committee should review the report submitted by the whistleblower
Fianna Fail Senator Marc MacSharry said the committee should review the report submitted by the whistleblower

The Banking Inquiry whistleblower has claimed five other investigators also raised serious concerns about the investigation into the collapse of the economy, the Irish Independent can reveal.

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However, the whistleblower also claims the senior counsel appointed to investigate the allegations of failings in the inquiry's work did not consider it "necessary or useful" to interview the other staff members who identified problems with Oireachtas committee's work.

Barrister Senan Allen's review of the allegations of misconduct found there was "no substance whatsoever" for claims.

But yesterday, the whistleblower sent Banking Inquiry members a response to Mr Allen's damaging report.

In the document, which has been seen by the Irish Independent, the whistleblower details what they see as the failings in Mr Allen's report on their allegations. The whistleblower is demanding that the Oireachtas withdraw Mr Allen's report on their claims.

Fianna Fail Senator Marc MacSharry said the committee should review the report submitted by the whistleblower.

Meanwhile, while there is concern within Government that the failure to produce a final report will prove controversial, the overall feeling is that the public have not become engaged.

The inquiry, which has cost the taxpayer, €5m, has been plagued by legal barriers and difficulties.

Irish Independent

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