Thursday 21 September 2017

Taoiseach faced grilling over contacts as Anglo Tapes emerged

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny's response to the Anglo Tapes was famously to allege that an "axis of collusion" existed between Anglo Irish Bank and Fianna Fail (FF), and bankers in general, to inflate the property business.

In the wake of the Irish Independent's revelations, Mr Kenny was asked by FF leader Micheal Martin, Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams and Independent Mattie McGrath about the banking crisis during Leader's Questions in the Dail on Tuesday, June 25.

During the session, Mr Kenny spoke about a meeting he and Richard Bruton had with Anglo executives following the bank guarantee in 2008.

"I had the doubtful privilege of calling into Anglo Irish Bank with Deputy Bruton, when he was the party's spokesman on finance, a couple of weeks after the guarantee went through.

"We met all of the principals in the bank's building on St Stephen's Green. We were given a wonderful presentation by people who were very well remunerated in their positions and received very large bonuses.

"As has transpired, all of that presentation was a tissue of fabrication and untruths.

"The questions we asked on that occasion, from the opposition benches, were very realistic in the context of the pressures people were under and the stories, rumours and allegations that were flying around about that bank.

"They were all utterly denied.

"I make that point for the politicians who are interested in what happened here," he said.

Irish Independent

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