Monday 26 September 2016

Kenny to face Dáil quiz on ATM story

Published 03/11/2015 | 02:30

Mr Kenny has faced days of questions after claiming that he was personally told by Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan to be prepared to despatch the Army in order to protect the ATMs
Mr Kenny has faced days of questions after claiming that he was personally told by Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan to be prepared to despatch the Army in order to protect the ATMs

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be formally challenged in the Dáil over his controversial claim that he was told to have the Army on standby to prevent a run on the banks.

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As the Dáil returns from its autumn recess, Fianna Fáil has warned the Taoiseach that he will not "be let off the hook" over the remarks made at a conference in Madrid.

Mr Kenny has faced days of questions after claiming that he was personally told by Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan to be prepared to despatch the Army in order to protect the ATMs.

Then on Thursday, Mr Kenny said he did not in fact receive a "specific" briefing from the Mr Honohan, but added that the issue was discussed during a taskforce meeting in early 2012.

Fine Gael hoped that would bring an end to the controversy, but the Opposition intends to ramp up the pressure.

Senior Fianna Fáil sources last night said party leader Micheál Martin intends to challenge Mr Kenny in the Dáil chamber over his "fantasy claims".

And Sinn Féin sources concurred that the issue will be raised at the earliest opportunity.

There is a growing belief within political circles that Mr Kenny's claims will prompt Fine Gael to "limit" his public appearances during the upcoming General Election campaign.

As revealed by the Irish Independent, strategists want Leo Varadkar, Frances Fitzgerald, Simon Coveney and Simon Harris to take centre stage.

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