Monday 19 March 2018

Howlin open to referendum on Dail inquiries

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin
Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

PUBLIC Spending Minister Brendan Howlin says he is open to re-running the failed referendum to beef up Oireachtas inquiries in the wake of public uproar over the Anglo tapes.

Mr Howlin says new legislation he has introduced on Oireachtas inquiries will be adequate for the bank probe, but isn’t ruling out another referendum.

And he said the banking inquiry should not be delayed by another referendum.

“I wouldn’t rule out revisiting that issue but I don’t certainly think we should park an investigation until we get new legislation, get that through the Dail in the autumn, fix a date for a referendum, have a new referendum commission to do it,” Mr Howlin told RTE Radio.

“That’ll be well into next year. The demand, the urgency, the requirement of the Irish people is to get on with the people’s business now. We have a robust legislative framework in which this can be done and we should get on with it.”

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