Gardai quiz third former Nama official over leak allegations
Gardai are understood to be preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to determine whether charges should be brought against a third former Nama official, who it has been alleged leaked confidential information relating to the financial affairs of at least one major developer.
The Sunday Independent understands that the former Nama employee met voluntarily with detectives from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation in recent weeks and provided them with a statement in which he strongly denied the allegations of misconduct made against him by another former Nama official, Enda Farrell.
Last May, Farrell received a two-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to eight counts of unlawfully disclosing information in breach of the 2009 Nama Act.
While being questioned by gardai in relation to his leaking of details of the financial affairs of major developers, Farrell is understood to have named the individual in question and three other Nama officials, who he claimed had either assisted him or were involved in leaking sensitive material themselves.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny, meanwhile, is considering submissions from the Opposition on the establishment of a State inquiry into Nama's sale of its €5.6bn par value Northern Ireland loan book.
In a submission made on behalf of Independents 4 Change, Independent TD Mick Wallace has called for the inquiry to be widened to include the investigation of any "other alleged unauthorised leaking and manipulation of confidential Nama information for private gain".
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