Our team praised by Oireachtas committees for work
THE Irish Independent has been praised by for its work on the Anglo Tapes by members of the two Oireachtas committees vying to hold the banking inquiry.
Labour TD Ciaran Lynch, chairman of the finance committee, said our team's (pictured below) journalism showed "how the media can inform the public on issues of major public importance".
The "job of work done by the Irish Independent" highlighted the need for a fully comprehensive banking inquiry.
And Kieran O Donnell, the vice-chairman of the Dail Public Accounts Committee, also praised the Irish Independent for publishing the content of the tapes and said it had also shown the need for a banking inquiry.
Our work was in the public interest, he said.
Both committees will have to make a case to hold the inquiry, and the final call will be made by the Dail Committee on Procedures and Privileges (CPP). However, the CPP could decide to give it to a newly-constituted committee entirely – if the Government decided to hold an Oireachtas inquiry.
The Anglo Tapes also dominated Leaders' Questions in the Dail yesterday, as well as the weekly Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting.
TDs and ministers at the meeting said the tapes had sparked huge public outrage – and showed the need for urgent action to be taken to get to the bottom of the banking crisis.