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Taoiseach rules out holding of independent inquiry into Siteserv controversy

Published 28/04/2015 | 14:17

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has ruled out the prospect of holding an independent inquiry into the Siteserv controversy, saying such a process could run beyond the General Election.

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Mr Kenny defended the Government's handling of the issue, which dominated 'Leaders' Questions' for the fourth consecutive Dail sitting day.

There were heated scenes after Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy made charges against Finance Minister Michael Noonan which he later agreed to withdraw.

At one stage, Mr Murphy questioned whether the minister should resign over the controversy - sparking gasps of condemnation from the Government benches.

The Opposition claimed the appointment of a liquidator to review transactions by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) was unsatisfactory.

"You seem to be insisting on proceeding with a review that nobody has any faith in," said Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

Mr Kenny hit back at the claim, accusing Mr Adams of having "problems with the institutions of the State."

Mr Kenny rejected calls for an independent inquiry. He said if one was initiated, his Government would be accused of trying to kick the issue beyond the General Election.

The Taoiseach said the review by KPMG will be completed by the end of August. He told the Dail a retired High Court judge has been appointed to deal with any potential conflicts of interest that arise through the KPMG review.

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