Sunday 24 September 2017

Bruton: Banking inquiry can’t prejudice court cases

Richard Bruton
Richard Bruton
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

JOBS Minister Richard Bruton said the banking inquiry cannot prejudice any cases due to come before the courts.

The Dail has passed a motion to commence the Oireachtas Inquiries legislation, paving the way for the banking inquiry to be set up.

But it is not clear how the Anglo Irish Bank aspect of the banking crisis will be handled.

Mr Bruton said the Government has triggered the carrying out of an inquiry.

“I think the indications are that we would look at the role of banks and auditors, I think that’s important to look at, to look at the circumstances that lead up to the bank guarantee, to look at the role of the regulatory system, but obviously we cannot prejudice any cases that may be taken and I think that is the balance that has to be struck by anyone conducting an inquiry.

“The public have a right obviously to see people held to account, to learn lessons from what went wrong and that is the importance of this inquiry,” he said.

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