Thursday 18 January 2018

Anglo: Two ministers call on Drumm to return home for questioning

Former Anglo chief executive David Drumm
Former Anglo chief executive David Drumm
Justice Minister Alan Shatter says authorities are working hard to ensure crime continues to fall

Colm Kelpie in Brussels and Tom Brady

FINANCE minister Michael Noonan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter have both called for the return of the former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm from the US to face questioning.

Minister Shatter said he should face questioning by Gardai while Mr Noonan urged him to co-operate with the proposed Oireachtas inquiry.

As more explosive Anglo tapes were revealed by the Irish Independent today and the Sunday Independent this weekend, Mr Shatter said he noticed that that Mr Drumm was now protesting, from the United States, at the coverage that was taking place within the Irish media.

Gardai have spent the past three years attempting to set up a meeting with Mr Drumm as part of their inquiries into the collapse of Anglo.

Officers were anxious to interview him before completing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Shatter said this afternoon he noticed “I do believe he should co-operate with An Garda Siochana, as he has been requested to do, and make himself available to answer any questions that remain to be answered in the context of the investigation that is taking place,” the minister added.

Mr Noonan said he should he should "set the record, as he sees it, straight" in the inquiry.

 "I think David Drumm should make a statement that he's prepared to return from America and cooperate with the inquiry" he said.

 Mr Noonan also said he was not referring to the media when he earlier warned people to stop mucking around.

He said it was directed at a Sinn Fein suggestion that an internal inquiry be conducted by bank officials and civil servants.

"I said protect all the evidence and don't do anything that might contaminate it in any way whatsoever. But I wasn't referring to the media. What the media do is the media's business. There's a free press in the country," he said.

Mr Noonan was speaking in Brussels ahead of a meeting of Eurozone finance ministers.

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