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Shane Ross: Bank Inquiry farce is devouring its members

Shane Ross

Published 06/12/2015 | 02:30

BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL: Kieran O’Donnell along with his Inquiry colleagues must be exhausted by the banking saga which has declined from dull theatre into total chaos
BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL: Kieran O’Donnell along with his Inquiry colleagues must be exhausted by the banking saga which has declined from dull theatre into total chaos

The people were right. The politicians were wrong. Yet the moment the people decided that the politicians could not be trusted to hold parliamentary inquiries, the politicians bypassed their wishes and decided to hold one.

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The Banking Inquiry was born. Stillborn, maybe, but born nonetheless. An unwanted child of a plebiscite.

The result of the 2011 referendum on inquiries emphatically rejected a proposal to give TDs and Senators full investigative powers to hold probes on matters of public interest.

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