Tuesday 24 April 2018

Banking Inquiry receives new allegations of conflicts of interest from whistleblower

Bank Inquiry chairman Ciaran Lynch
Bank Inquiry chairman Ciaran Lynch
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

THE Banking Inquiry has received fresh allegations of potential conflicts of interest from a whistleblower, Independent.ie can reveal.

It is understood the new complaints were made by a former staff member in recent weeks.

The allegations were made under the Protected Disclosure Act by the whistleblower.

The allegations come as the independent investigation into previous claims from a whistleblower comes to a conclusion.

The investigation by Senior Counsel Senan Allen is almost completed and he delivered his report to Acting Clerk of the Dail Peter Finnegan today.

Committee members were told about the new allegations at a behind closed doors meeting this afternoon by committee chairman Ciaran Lynch.

The new allegations were not included in Mr Allen’s investigation and will not feature in his final report.

An Oireachtas spokesperson said: "I can confirm that Senan Allen SC has delivered his report today to the Acting Clerk of the Dail Peter Finnegan following the completion by him of an independent review into allegations concerning the investigation team working to the Joint Committee of Inquiry."

She added: "The Houses of the Oireachtas Service is seeking legal advice on the publication of the Report."

Committee members were told after today's hearings that the report will be sent to people central to the complaints for review before it can be published.

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