Wednesday 20 September 2017

Dukes denies keeping quiet about tapes

Alan Dukes
Alan Dukes

Cormac McQuinn and Fiach Kelly

FORMER Anglo chairman Alan Dukes has reacted angrily to suggestions in the Dail that he sang "dumb" about the existence of the Anglo Tapes.

Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald claimed Mr Dukes and former Fianna Fail senator Aidan Eames, two former Anglo public interest directors, did not tell the Central Bank about the tapes.

Mr Dukes told the Irish Independent that Ms McDonald was "barking up the wrong tree" and insisted he had co-operated fully with every inquiry into the banking crisis that has so far taken place.

Ms McDonald told the Dail that Mr Dukes and Mr Eames "were supposedly appointed to protect and defend the public interest".

"Why did Alan Dukes sing dumb?" Ms McDonald asked Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore.

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Ms McDonald said it was "inconceivable" that senior Anglo management did not know about the tapes, "particularly in light of the fact that the Garda sought and secured court orders in respect of them in 2010".

Mr Gilmore said that the "questions about who knew what and what they did about it, whether they were directors of or senior managers in the bank, are fair questions".

But he said they must wait until the banking inquiry, when they can be "put to people in a public forum".

Mr Dukes later told the Irish Independent: "I heard she's (Ms McDonald) saying I have questions to answer.

"She's barking up the wrong tree. She's not paying attention to the facts.

"We have co-operated with every inquiry that has taken place so far.

"And all the material that has come out is material that we provided to the Director of Corporate Enforcement and the Garda Bureau of Fraud investigation."

Mr Dukes said he could not comment on the tapes, adding: "All that material is evidential material in impending litigation.

Irish Independent

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