Thursday 29 September 2016

Chopra must give evidence - members

Published 23/04/2015 | 02:30

Ajai Chopra
Ajai Chopra

Former IMF official Ajai Chopra may be asked to contribute to the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry in the margins of a public meeting.

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Banking Inquiry members believe Mr Chopra must now appear to discuss his claims the European Central Bank (ECB) pressed Ireland into committing to austerity.

Mr Chopra (inset), the IMF's former mission chief to Ireland, said he believed the ECB acted in an "outrageous" manner in its correspondence between its then president Jean-Claude Trichet and the late Brian Lenihan in 2010.

But members of the inquiry say they may have to settle for a format similar to the one agreed to by former ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet.

Mr Trichet is due to appear to give evidence at the offices of the Institute of International and European Affairs on Dublin's North Great Georges Street next Thursday.

If the event is successful, the inquiry may seek to adopt a similar strategy in relation to Mr Chopra.

Sinn Féin Finance spokesman Pearse Doherty said: "Ajai Chopra is somebody I would like to see before the Banking Inquiry in some type of formula." Niall O'Connor

Irish Independent

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