Friday 2 December 2016

SF's Doherty warns on Banking Inquiry report

Daniel McConnell and Niall O'Connor

Published 07/11/2015 | 02:30

Pearse Doherty: 'I won't be signing up to any report that I don't believe in. So I'm making that very clear'
Pearse Doherty: 'I won't be signing up to any report that I don't believe in. So I'm making that very clear'

A leading member of the Banking Inquiry has warned that members of the committee may not be able to sign off on the final report into the banking crash.

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The €5m inquiry has been dogged by legal hurdles and internal tensions since it was established almost a year ago.

Now, Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has admitted that he won't sign off on a report that he doesn't agree with.

The Donegal TD also accused other members of the inquiry of not wanting to see a final report, but he did not name any individual member.

He said: "There may be individuals within the Banking Inquiry that may not want to see the report and they are, in my view, briefing media and trying to stir up noise in relation to that."

Describing the Leinster House committee room used to conduct the inquiry as a "dungeon", Mr Doherty said the inquiry to date had been difficult.

"I have very strong views in relation to what has happened as a result of the evidence I've heard.

"I'm sure some of that will be uncomfortable for some other members of the Banking Inquiry, but we have to go and see," Mr Doherty said.

"I won't be signing up to any report that I don't believe in. So I'm making that very clear,"

The inquiry will now move to finalise its report, which has been drafted by legal advisors and secretariat staff. Inquiry members have submitted widely varied submissions for inclusion in the report.

It is expected that at least one member of the inquiry, Socialist TD Joe Higgins, will refuse to sign off on the final report, amid fears that it will not be hard-hitting enough.

Several other sources have also concurred with the views expressed by Mr Doherty.

Irish Independent

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