Saturday 21 April 2018

Finance Minister Michael Noonan accuses RTE of 'sitting on' report on its future in heated interview

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan has accused RTE of “sitting on” a report on the future of the national broadcaster during a heated interview this morning.

RTE broadcaster Sean O’Rouke was grilling Mr Noonan on the controversial Siteserv deal and accused the minister of failing to give the Dail all the available information on the transaction when he was initially asked.

Mr Noonan hit back at the broadcaster insisting he was fully transparent and accused RTE of failing to release a report on the future of the station.

Earlier, Mr Noonan said former IBRC chairman Alan Dukes “misunderstood” his comments when he called for all allegations of fraud and criminality around transactions at the failed bank to be investigated.

Last week, Mr Dukes said he was “scandalised” by Mr Noonan’s insistence that the review of the Siteserv deal and other IBRC transactions would investigate if any criminality took place.

Mr Noonan said Mr Dukes was “probably not tuned in” to the allegations made under privilege in the Dail which amounted to accusations of criminality at the former Anglo Irish Banks.

Mr Noonan also insisted there are no personal difficulties between him and Mr Dukes.

“We don’t see each other very often but when we do we are friendly,” he said.

"Two reports concerning the future of RTÉ were published by Government last week. These reports were commissioned by Government and the timing of their publication was a matter for Government, not RTÉ," an RTE spokesman said.

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