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Saturday 17 March 2018

Anglo: Central bank boss Honohan says people ‘energised’ by tapes

Patrick Honohan: tapes alert us to new dimensions of crisis
Patrick Honohan: tapes alert us to new dimensions of crisis

Fiach Kelly

CENTRAL Bank governor Patrick Honohan says people have been “energised” by the publication of the Anglo Tapes – and said the bank was aware of their existence.

Mr Honohan said the Central Bank had requested tapes from Anglo, but passed them onto the guards if they involved possible criminality.

“There were a number of issues which we know, suspicions of criminality, and in that context we did get some tapes from Anglo on specific aspects of those matters and we did listen to them and we took transcripts and we noted problems and we passed all of that material to the guards and that is what is part of what is forming the guards investigation,” Mr Honohan told RTE’s ‘This Week’ programme.

And he said he had “no problem” with the publication of the tapes by the Irish and Sunday Independents.

“What people are, I know, looking for is they want to see the people that were involved and see their side of the story and what did they look like and that’s the response we’ve got from people to the tapes being disclosed,” Mr Honohan added.

“They are energised by this, they say this is what we want to hear. And I can understand that and I have no problem with that at all.”

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