Thursday 30 March 2017

Never mind truth, the bank probe was always political

The Government is playing games over the forthcoming inquiry that will harm it in the long run.

John McGuinness, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee
John McGuinness, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee
Willie Kealy

Willie Kealy

IT was always going to be political, this banking inquiry. Since Enda Kenny announced in the Dail a year ago that an Oireachtas committee would be given the task of finding out just what happened to make our banks and our entire financial system collapse, we have known how it was intended to end up.

The first clue was Enda's declaration that the purpose of this inquiry would be to expose "the axis of collusion between ... Fianna Fail and the bankers in order to inflate the property business".

Then there was the whole palaver over which committee would carry out the inquiry. It became obvious very quickly that the Government wanted it chaired by anyone but the straight talking, no-nonsense, John McGuinness, who also happens to be Fianna Fail.

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