Thursday 17 August 2017

John Drennan: Referendum will put banks before new Dail inquiry

Lenders face fresh grilling if October vote passes

John Drennan

John Drennan

Ireland's disgraced banks will be the first item on the agenda if a referendum proposing to give Dail committees the power to investigate scandals and make findings of fact on individuals and institutions is passed.

Senior government sources told the Sunday Independent that it would be "inconceivable if the referendum is passed that banking would not be the first item on the agenda".

The concept of giving powers to Dail committees that would allow them to replace the discredited tribunal system has come under sustained attack from a well-heeled lobby of lawyers.

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