FIANNA Fail leader Michael Martin has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to make an “urgent response” about his contacts with Anglo Irish Bank.
The Sunday Independent reveals today Anglo correspondence exposes claims by a senior figure in the bank that Mr Kenny briefed him less than three months before the bank was nationalised in January 2009.
The Fine Gael leader was leader of the opposition at the time.
Matt Moran, chief financial officer with Anglo, claims in the emails to Anglo chief executive David Drumm that Mr Kenny rang him twice on November 17 and November 18 to brief him on both Fine Gael and the then Fianna Fail-led government strategy.
Mr Martin says Mr Kenny appears to have misled the Dáil on the extent of his personal relationship with the bank.
The Fianna Fail leader said Mr Kenny has to come forward and explain the behaviour revealed in emails reported in this morning's Sunday Independent.
“This would appear to be a very serious development. In recent weeks, we watched as the Taoiseach reacted to the Anglo Tapes, undermined the independence of an Oireachtas Inquiry and compromised his office in talking about an 'Axis of Collusion' without a scrap of evidence.
“This morning, the Taoiseach is left red faced as it emerges that he was actually engaged in personal informal contact with Anglo senior management. This morning's revelations also suggest that the Taoiseach deliberately misled the Dáil in response to the Anglo Tape story, when he talked about his personal contact with Anglo. The only example he cited was a meeting in September 2008,” he said.
A Government spokesman has denied Mr Kenny misled the Dail.
And a Cabinet minister has defended the Taoiseach's refusal to answer questions about his contacts with Anglo Irish Bank executives.
Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald said it was “ridiculous” to suggest Mr Kenny was briefing Anglo.
“The idea that the leader of the opposition was in a position to brief Anglo about government policy is really stretching things,” she said.