Saturday 3 December 2016

Fresh claims to inquiry from whistleblower

Published 03/09/2015 | 02:30

Michael Walsh, former non-executive chairman of Irish Nationwide Building Society
Michael Walsh, former non-executive chairman of Irish Nationwide Building Society

The Banking Inquiry has received fresh allegations of potential conflicts of interest from a whistleblower.

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It is understood the new complaints were made by a former staff member in recent weeks under the Protected Disclosure Act.

The allegations come as the independent investigation into previous claims from a whistleblower comes to a conclusion.

The investigation by Senior Counsel Senan Allen is almost complete and was delivered to Acting Clerk of the Dáil Peter Finnegan yesterday. It will be sent to people central to the complaints for review before it can be published.

"The Houses of the Oireachtas Service is seeking legal advice on the publication of the Report," said an Oireachtas spokeswoman.

However, committee members were later told about the new allegations at a behind-closed-doors meeting by committee chairman Ciaran Lynch. Those claims will not be included in Mr Allen's investigation and will not feature in his final report.

Fianna Fáil Senator Marc MacSharry called for Mr Allen's report to published "immediately".

An Oireachtas spokesperson said: "I can confirm that Senan Allen SC has delivered his report today to the Acting Clerk of the Dáil Peter Finnegan following the completion by him of an independent review into allegations concerning the investigation team working to the Joint Committee of Inquiry."

She added: "The Houses of the Oireachtas Service is seeking legal advice on the publication of the Report."

Mr Lynch did not respond to requests for comment.

Irish Independent

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