Monday 18 December 2017

Fianna Fail: Taoiseach behaving like 'political thug' over Anglo tapes

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has been accused of behaving like a "political thug" and acting in a "sleeven" way by Fianna Fail over the Anglo tapes.

Niall Collins, the party's justice spokesman, told the Dail Mr Kenny tried to smear all politicians with his claim there was an "axis of collusion" between Fianna Fail and Anglo.

In bad tempered exchanges, Mr Collins also accused Mr Kenny of lying when he claimed there are no documents in the Department of the Taoiseach about the bank guarantee.

"He came in here and he tried to smear all politicians in a sleeven type fashion," Mr Collins said. "He's acting like a political thug and a political boot boy in a party political fashion.

"Ye could have been in Government and ye could have been lied to."

In response, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said a new Fianna Fail "narrative" was emerging around the banking crisis.

Mr Varadkar described it as: "We weren't knaves, we were just fools."

"I can assure you Deputy Collins, I never thought Brian Lenihan and Brian Cowen were knaves," Mr Varadkar said. "But their ability to believe everything that was told to them by the banking sector did show they were very much fools."

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