Wednesday 20 September 2017

Finance boss refuses to comment on revelations arising from Anglo Tapes

Roisin Burke

The Department of Finance's most powerful mandarin dismissed the Anglo Tapes by physically turning his back and refusing to comment on their explosive revelations.

"I'm trying to do something that's important for Ireland right now," John Moran said, when asked for his view during the launch of a new tax efficient investment fund for rich people.

Outside the Irish Stock Exchange building before the launch of the new Green REIT fund, we had already politely asked the Finance mandarin and former juice bar owner to comment. He turned on his heels and walked away without a word.

He then galloped up the steps of the exchange at the speed of a man who surely is no stranger to a StairMaster.

A little later inside, we tried again. "Sorry John, you walked away while I was in mid-sentence back there. Could I ask for your view on the Anglo Tape revelations?"

"No, not right now."

Okay, perhaps we can talk afterwards, we suggested?

"I'm trying to do something that's important for Ireland right now," he shot back, turning away.

But surely having a view on this is important, we suggested. "We give our view all the time," he said, though in fact information from the department on events around the banking crisis has been sparse.

We also asked Mr Moran for an update on his commitment months ago to consider releasing 55 "key documents" related to the events around the banking crisis that paupered the country.

"Well, we're working on that," he barked, while moving swiftly down the steps of the stock exchange building, with a grey-suited departmental apparatchik gently directed the Sunday Independent out of the way.

Irish Independent

Also in Business