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Saturday 16 December 2017

Fianna Fail 'stalling' on white-collar crime laws

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

Fianna Fail is understood to be stalling on the Green Party's demands to tighten up the laws on white-collar crime and fraud in the wake of the banking scandal.

The junior coalition partners want a special cabinet committee set up to look at legislation and resources in the area and recommend changes in the law.

Party leader and Environment Minister John Gormley wrote to all party members a fortnight ago, saying he had already "insisted" in Government that such a committee be set up to consider all aspects of fraud and white-collar crime.

But no agreement has been reached so far and Fianna Fail's response is regarded as lacking in enthusiasm.

Mr Gormley wants to see criminal investigations with the same "sense of urgency" as gangland crime.

Green Party national coordinator Gary Fitzgerald said last night there hasn't been the same response as with gangland crime.

"The only reason we don't have these prosecutions is a pure lack of political will.

"If we are fixing the taxpayer with €50bn and not prosecuting those who caused it, the future of our democracy is at stake," he added.

Irish Independent

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