Tuesday 17 October 2017

Sean Fitzpatrick could be called before TDs over his board role in DDDA

Independent.ie reporters

JOHN McGuinness, the chairman of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, declared today that witnesses will be compelled to appear to answer questions on the glass bottle site in Ringsend and other controversial issues.

And he told RTE that that they could include former ministers and members of the board of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, including Anglo Irish Banks’ Sean Fitzpartrick,, who was a member of the DDDA board.



Mr McGuinness described the purchase of the land, which is now worth a tenth of the €400m paid for it, as a ‘’failure of political responsibility and of two government departments’’.



The Government yesterday announced that the DDDA is to be disbanded.



This followed the publication of a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General.



The damning report contains findings about the authority's conduct in relation to the purchase of the site, which is now in Nama.



Mr McGuinness, a Fianna Fail TD, said ‘’those ’who need to be questioned will be’’.



"Our remit as a Public Accounts Committee is to deal with how this money was spent and how decisions were taken."



He told Morning Ireland: "The Dublin Docklands Authority, its executive and its board will have to be represented at the hearings and should they indicate that a particular political decision was made that requires to be examined, well then the Public Accounts Committee will make a decision at that stage to call in whoever that might be, whether it's a minister or not.’’

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