Friday 9 December 2016

Election timetable dictates Banking Inquiry agenda

Published 27/07/2014 | 02:30

PROJECT RE-ELECT THE GOVERNMENT: FG wants Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen to appear before the Banking Inquiry just in advance of the next election
PROJECT RE-ELECT THE GOVERNMENT: FG wants Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen to appear before the Banking Inquiry just in advance of the next election

Perhaps we should relocate a permanent judge to Leinster House? Should we install one of those politically appointed beaks in an annexe beside the Dail chamber?

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On Monday, Angela Kerins - late of Rehab - hell-bent on a collision course with members of the Public Acccounts Committee (PAC), headed for the High Court. On Wednesday, members of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry braced themselves for similar treatment from Ireland's bankers. Affidavits, writs, solicitors' letters and injunctions are about to become the daily diet in Leinster House. Judges, politicians, bankers and charities are entering a period of uncomfortable proximity.

TDs are likely to be trotting down to the Four Courts far more often in the months to come. Well-heeled opponents of accountability are calling in top-dollar lawyers to block the inquisitive instincts of parliament.

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