Friday 24 November 2017

Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin 'at war' on banking inquiry

FF leader Micheal Martin and Taoiseach Enda Kenny
FF leader Micheal Martin and Taoiseach Enda Kenny
John Drennan

John Drennan

The Taoiseach and the leader of the opposition are at open war over the direction being taken by Ireland's long-awaited banking inquiry.

In an indication of growing inter-party tensions, the opposition leader Micheal Martin has warned that Enda Kenny's "unsophisticated" and "politically partisan approach'' runs the risk of collapsing the inquiry.

The Fianna Fail leader was responding to the claim by Mr Kenny that "the light-touch regulation introduced by Fianna Fail over the years" had resulted in "catastrophic consequences" for the banking system and the economy.

Mr Kenny previously incurred the fury of Fianna Fail when he claimed there had been "an axis of collusion'' between the banks and Fianna Fail.

Mr Martin told the Sunday Independent: "A Taoiseach needs to be more sophisticated in how he engages in public discourse on complex issues like this, the common good is not served by these partisan remarks."

He added that Mr Kenny "needs to learn not every comment has to be addressed to entertain his back-bench gallery.

"His approach is utterly unsophisticated," the Fianna Fail leader complained.

Mr Martin said the Mr Kenny's careless remarks run the risk of prejudicing the banking inquiry and leading to its collapse.

Mr Martin said the Taoiseach's loose language was surprising, given the advice from officials on the dangers of partiality.

"They were quite clear about the sensitivities of the issue, I am taken aback that Mr Kenny has not taken this on board."

Sunday Independent

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