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Lucinda Creighton accuses Pearse Doherty of seeking media attention over Banking Inquiry snub

Published 07/12/2015 | 11:27

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton
Renua leader Lucinda Creighton

RENUA leader Lucinda Creighton has described the decision by politicians not to sign off on the Banking Inquiry report as “irresponsible politics”.

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Singling out Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty, Ms Creighton accused the Donegal TD of trying to attract media coverage.

Both Mr Doherty and now Socialist Party Joe Higgins have said they will not put their names to the draft report in a move that has brought the credibility of the inquiry into question.

Singling out Mr Doherty this morning, Ms Creighton hit out at his decision.

“I’ve seen that before. Pearse Doherty did the exact same thing in relation to reports on European affairs for example in the past,” the Dublin Bay South TD said.

“It’s histrionics. It’s designed to get attention in the media and it’s irresponsible politics as far as I’m concerned.”

The committee, minus Joe Higgins and Pearse Doherty, approved 11 chapters which will be forwarded for legal review today before being sent to interested parties for comment later this week.

In a statement issued shortly before 11pm, Committee chairman Ciaran Lynch said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Committee members for their hard work and commitment throughout this process.

"We worked together to deliver to the Irish public an inquiry and agree a draft report on the banking crisis that was long overdue.

“Enormous credit is due, not only to my fellow Committee members, but to their staff and to the staff of the Inquiry, for their hard work and dedication in completing this stage of the process.”

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