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Sunday 25 February 2018

Banking inquiry: Eamon Gilmore accuses Fianna Fail of being against the probe

Eamon Gilmore. Picture: Arthur Carron
Eamon Gilmore. Picture: Arthur Carron
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore has accused Fianna Fail of being against the staging of the banking inquiry.

The Labour leader hit out at Fianna Fail after party leader Micheal Martin said the public had lost confidence in the inquiry before it has even begun.

Mr Gilmore said there are individuals in political circles who do not want an inquiry taking place, citing Fianna Fail.

“Well I think that some people have an interest in making sure that there isn’t a banking inquiry and I think first to the table on that is Fianna Fáil, sure they don’t want to have a banking inquiry at all,” he said.

Speaking this morning, Mr Martin called on the government to abandon the current model and instead pursue a judge inquiry, similar to the Leveson inquiry into press standards in Britain.

The row over the banking inquiry is continuing today as pressure mounts on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to row back on the controversial decision to add two additional government senators.

The move to add Labour senator Susan O’Keeffe and Fine Gael senator Michael D’Arcy prompted the resignation of the inquiry committee by Independent TD Stephen Donnelly.

Mr Donnelly today said he would consider returning to the inquiry team if Ms O’Keeffe and Mr D’Arcy were removed, reducing the committee to its original nine members.


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