Friday 9 December 2016

Banking Inquiry wants to hear from two more former Anglo executives

Daniel McConnell Group Political Correspondent

Published 02/07/2015 | 17:52

Former Anglo directors Willie McAteer and (inset) Pat Whelan
Former Anglo directors Willie McAteer and (inset) Pat Whelan

THE Oireachtas Banking Inquiry is seeking to hear from two more former Anglo Irish Bank executives over their role in the bank's demise.

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The Inquiry today agreed to "maintain directions" issued to a number of former executives of Anglo Irish Bank to attend public hearings.

The committee has received correspondence from former Anglo Executives Willie McAteer and Peter Fitzgerald over concerns they have about appearing.

There are provisions under the relevant act which covers the inquiry for people who may have concerns over appearing before it.

"The Committee recently received correspondence from Willie McAteer and Peter Fitzgerald informing the Committee that they wished to make an application under section 72 of the Inquiries Act," a statement said.

However, having considered these applications, the Committee concluded that it would not withdraw the directions to those witnesses.

The two witnesses now have the option of applying to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a declaration which, if given, will require the Committee to withdraw the directions concerned. 

The Committee has informed those witnesses of this right.

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