Friday 19 January 2018

Dukes: Murphy 'plain wrong'

Catherine Murphy
Catherine Murphy

Ronald Quinlan and Maeve Sheehan

Former chairman of the IBRC Alan Dukes has launched a scathing attack on Independent TD Catherine Murphy, describing allegations she made under Dail privilege in relation to businessman Denis O'Brien's dealings with the former Anglo Irish Bank as "downright, plain wrong".

Mr Dukes said he had "no doubt" Ms Murphy would not be satisfied with the outcome of the inquiry into the IBRC's affairs, saying she could no longer see "sense or reason".

Responding to Mr Dukes' extraordinary comments, Ms Murphy said: "I'm very satisfied that if there's a proper inquiry, it will be able to come to a conclusion about who's wrong and who's right in this. I got my information from a source I believe to be credible. Do I ignore that or do I go with it if I believe it to be in the public interest? I put it on the public record in good faith and in the context of trying to widen the inquiry."

Mr Dukes' intervention comes as a political storm intensified over a High Court order restricting media reporting of Mr O'Brien's dealings with the IBRC. The controversy has escalated as politicians from across the Dail expressed concerns that the media's right to report on Oireachtas proceedings was being threatened.

The issue - which is being called a "constitutional crisis" - will be raised in the High Court on Tuesday when RTE and the Irish Times seek to clarify the order.

Sunday Independent

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