Kenny agrees with Merkel over 'thunderbolt' Anglo tapes
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny said he fully agreed with the harsh criticism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the Anglo bankers.
It came after Ms Merkel expressed her "contempt" for the way that the bankers on the Anglo tapes were destroying the confidence of ordinary working people in the system.
Speaking at the end of the EU summit in Brussels, Mr Kenny said he agreed with the comments of Chancellor Merkel.
"These tapes are a thunderbolt. They show the contempt and the arrogance and insolence of senior personnel in that bank towards everybody," he said.
In highly charged language, Mr Kenny said the Anglo tapes shone a bright light on the vulgarity of what went on in the bank. He said it had damaged our reputation - but that every EU understood this was in the past as far as Ireland was concerned.
And he called for everyone involved to fully co-operate with the forthcoming banking inquiry.
"It is time for those privileged people who worked that system, who controlled that system, who were that system, to stand by our Republic," he said.