Saturday 17 March 2018

Brian Cowen objects as Banking Inquiry is signed off

Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen
Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen is understood to have lodged formal objections with the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry in relation to an alleged meeting before a golf outing in Druids Glen, in Wicklow.

Mr Cowen is among a number of witnesses who protested against elements of the report, which was finalised by the inquiry team by majority vote yesterday.

Sources say developers Johnny Ronan and Michael O'Flynn also objected and are threatening legal action. Both individuals took serious issue with evidence presented by other witnesses, it is understood.

The prospect of legal action has created fresh controversy for the inquiry, despite the fact the majority of members signed off on the report.

It is understood Mr Cowen has taken issue with an alleged meeting prior to a golf event in Druids Glen, in Co Wicklow, which the inquiry heard was attended by former executives of Anglo Irish Bank.


Mr Cowen is believed to have told the inquiry that the report does not give a fair context for the golf outing.

Meanwhile, committee chairman Ciaran Lynch yesterday signed off on the final report after months of controversy - clearing the way for a general election in the last week of February.

The inquiry members met to discuss submissions from witnesses who gave evidence at hearings earlier in the year.

Over the course of almost five hours, the members discussed more than 30 submissions to the report. There was concern that if serious issues were raised by witnesses the inquiry would collapse.

However, with the agreement of most members, the committee now looks set to meet its January 28 publication deadline. Once the report is published it clears the way for the General Election.

Irish Independent

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