Tuesday 24 October 2017

Kenny ‘considering’ a second referendum to get more powers for banking inquiry

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has left open the possibility of holding another referendum to get more powers for a banking inquiry.

It came after the revelation that the cabinet are weighing up the option of another referendum on the issue - after the public rejected giving extra powers to Dail committee inquiries in a referendum back in 2011.

At Leader's Questions in the Dail, Mr Kenny said the question of re-running this referendum had been raised with him.

"I haven't given an definitive answer to that yet," he said.

Mr Kenny acknowledged that a Dail inquiry would not have the power to make adverse findings against any bankers. But he said it could find out the background to decisions and how they were made.

He said he did not want to have an inquiry dragging on for up to ten years and creating "millionaire lawyers" - as he rejected a call for the setting up of a banking inquiry tribunal by Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin.

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