Tuesday 27 September 2016

IBRC inquiry: The main players

Published 10/11/2015 | 02:30

As the Government’s most senior legal adviser, Ms Whelan would have been consulted over the terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry
As the Government’s most senior legal adviser, Ms Whelan would have been consulted over the terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry

Mr Justice Brian Cregan - The High Court judge was the third such legal figure appointed to examine matters relating to IBRC transactions.

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He took up the role in July after Mr Justice Daniel O'Keeffe stepped down for personal reasons. Mr Justice Cregan is understood to have directed his officials to contact the Taoiseach's office last Thursday outlining his concerns. Following a request from Mr Kenny's officials, Mr Justice Cregan put his concerns in writing, which was received by Mr Kenny last Friday.

Attorney General Máire Whelan

As the Government's most senior legal adviser, Ms Whelan would have been consulted over the terms of reference for the Commission of Investigation. Questions are being asked as to whether she raised any legal concerns over confidentiality and privilege.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

The Taoiseach is the line minister responsible for the Commission of Investigation. His officials were contacted last Thursday by the commission. They requested that written correspondence be forwarded to the Taoiseach on the matter, which was received last Friday, according to a Government spokesman.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan

Mr Noonan says he was not informed about Mr Justice Cregan's concern over the IBRC inquiry until Thursday evening. A meeting between the commission and Department of Finance officials took place last Friday. In a statement yesterday, the department said it had fully co-operated with the IBRC Commission of Investigation and continued to do so.

Tánaiste Joan Burton

The Tánaiste was informed of the problem by the secretary general to the Government Martin Fraser around lunchtime last Friday. A source said she was satisfied with the speed in which she was told about Mr Justice Cregan's letter.

Irish Independent

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