Sunday 25 February 2018

Mick Wallace says he will bring information on Nama allegations to gardai

Mick Wallace says he will bring information on Nama allegations to gardai
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Independent TD Mick Wallace will bring information to gardai regarding allegations he made against Nama in the Dail.

The Wexford deputy claimed in the Dail chambers that an unnamed Nama official sought and received a €15,000 bribe.

Mick Wallace
Mick Wallace

The garda investigation was launched after Nama wrote to Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan requesting that Mr Wallace's latest allegation against the organisation be investigated as a "matter of urgency".

Read more here: Gardaí to probe Nama bribery allegations following Dáil claims 

Speaking in a pre-recorded interview with RTE's 'Morning Ireland' programme earlier today, Mr Wallace said he would have no problem bringing information to investigating gardai.

"I don't have a problem bringing the information to the guards," he told the programme's host Gavin Jennings.

Deputy Mick Wallace.
Deputy Mick Wallace.

"I do find it interesting that Nama would like to shoot the messenger.

"I wish they would address the real serious concerns we have about how they operate," he added.

Read more here: Wallace can't keep making sensational claims then refuse to elaborate further 

Mr Wallace was also asked why he didn't go before the Public Accounts Committee in relation to his allegations against Nama.

"Going before PAC is a pointless pointless exercise.       

"The PAC had Nama in last week.... and they didn't lay a glove on them and I couldn't either if I was in there.

"PAC do some good work - but they don't have the mechanism to hold Nama to account and neither has the CAP [Comptroller and Auditor General].

Read more here: Person who wanted to exit NAMA 'told to put €15k in bag’, Mick Wallace alleges to Dail 

"We need to set up an organisation with powers of accountability and we probably need some law enforcement officials from abroad," Mr Wallace said, adding that as Ireland was a small country, assistance from abroad was required for an independent investigation.

"We really need to look at how Nama is operated because there is serious questions.

"We have seen huge assets sold for small money and turned over for a profit of 30 to 40 per cent a few months later. That surely has to be a matter of concern for the government. It certainly is one for the taxpayer."

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