Sunday 18 March 2018

Noonan denies government 'too focused' on finding Anglo tapes leak

Finance Minister Michael Noonan warned
Finance Minister Michael Noonan warned
Peter Flanagan

Peter Flanagan

FINANCE minister Michael Noonan has denied the Government is too focused on finding out who leaked the Anglo Tapes at the expense of an actual inquiry in to the banking collapse.

Speaking to reporters in Dublin, he said he had written to the chairmen of AIB, Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB warning them not to dispose of potential evidence for an inquiry merely as a matter of course.

He also warned that others shouldn't be "mucking about in Gardai business" in an apparent reference to the Anglo Tapes controversy.

"The Gardai are the people who investigate these things and other people shouldn't be mucking around in Garda business because there is the risk of contaminating evidence and that is not admissible in court, so it's very important that what happened happened.

"The Guards took everything they wanted to take (from Anglo as evidence), assessed it, and the files that subsequently went to the DPP were prepared on that basis," he added.

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