Wednesday 17 January 2018

Banking inquiry: Barrister appointed to investigate allegations of wrongdoing

Leinster House. Photo: Getty Images
Leinster House. Photo: Getty Images
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

A barrister has been appointed to investigate allegations of wrongdoing among the Banking Inquiry’s investigation team.

A whistleblower raised serious concerns about the inquiry’s work under the Protected Disclosure Act and these allegations will now be investigated independently.

The Irish Independent today revealed the whistleblower, who first raised concerns in April, felt the Houses of the Oireachtas Service tried to discredit their allegations.

The whistleblower also claimed the Oireachtas tried to “illegally” transfer them when they alleged there was inappropriate contact between inquiry staff and witnesses. The Oireachtas denies this charge.

The Oireachtas met with Banking Inquiry members to update them on the investigation into the whistleblower’s claims.

In a statement after the meeting, the Oireachtas said senior counsel Senan Allen had been appointed to investigate the claims.

It is hoped the investigation will be completed by the end August.

The terms of reference for the investigation will be finalised over the coming days.

“With the cooperation of those involved, the Houses of the Oireachtas Service hopes to have the investigation completed and a report published by the end of August. The investigator will not be constrained in terms of the issues he will be examining,” it stated.

It added: “In order to comply fully with the Protected Disclosures Act, members of the Banking Inquiry have been advised that they are legally restricted from commenting on the allegations made.”

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