Monday 23 October 2017

Banking Inquiry's Lynch warns early election could cause collapse of probe

Bank Inquiry chairman Ciaran Lynch
Bank Inquiry chairman Ciaran Lynch Newsdesk Newsdesk

The Chairman of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry Ciarán Lynch has appealed to the Taoiseach not to hold an early election so the inquiry can complete its work.

Mr Lynch said the inquiry is set to publish its final report in mid to late January.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Lynch said that inquiry members should be allowed to complete their job.

"The committee of inquiry, like all Oireachtas inquiries, will fall if an election is called before our work is completed in January," Mr Lynch said.

"It's a once only opportunity and this will be lost and lost forever and not recoverable were the inquiry not allowed to finish its work and to publish its final report in January.

"I'm very much of the opinion that Government should serve the full term.

"There's a whole job of work to be done inside in Government but the committee is separate from Government," he continued.

Tánaiste Joan Burton said the Labour Party was ready for an election at any time.

Ms Burton said the election date was a decision for the Taoiseach, but said she would like to see the work of the Government completed.

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