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The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry is to refer an alleged leak of material to An Garda Síochána.

In a statement this evening, the Inquiry said the statement of witness Kevin Cardiff was “confidential” and that its publication may constitute a criminal offence.

Mr Cardiff is the former Secretary General of the Department of Finance. He is due to appear in front of the inquiry on Thursday.

His lengthy statement was published in a Sunday newspaper this week - prompting the inquiry to decide today to issue to refer the matter to An Garda Siochana.

“The concern for the Committee is that the documentation in its totality has a particular legal protection and, in that light, the Committee is writing to the relevant person(s) who were sent the documentation and the media outlets which are now in possession of documentation to remind them that to publish the documents would be an offence under Section 41 of the Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Act 2013,” the statement said.

“The Committee has also agreed to refer these issues including the possession of the confidential documentation by a number of media outlets to An Garda Síochána.”

Separately today, the Attorney General who advised the Government on the issue of the bank guarantee has been cleared to give evidence at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry.

The Cabinet today agreed to waive confidentiality surrounding communication between former AG Paul Gallagher and the then Government.

Mr Gallagher served as AG between 2007-2011 and advised the Government surrounding the period of the Bank Guarantee.

Private legal advice obtained by the Department of Finance around this period will also be provided to the Banking Inquiry following a request by the committee.

Read more here: Banking inquiry: warning that alleged leak 'could undermine its work' 

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