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Kenny says allegations must be 'teased out' as PAC seeks advice on 'explosive' contents

THE allegations of tax evasion made by a civil servant at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation must be "teased out and investigated", according to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Mr Kenny said the department last made contact with the Office of the Attorney General about the contents of the dossier in 2011 - prior to the appointment of the current AG Maire Whelan.

After this contact was made, a senior counsel was appointed to deal directly with the concerns raised by the official in question.

The Taoiseach said yesterday it was his understanding that the serious allegations made by the civil servant had been investigated by the appropriate State bodies.

But he accepted that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was taking legal advice on the matter and said that he had "no doubt they will take that advice and act accordingly with it".

The remarks by the Taoiseach came as the PAC prepares to discuss the dossier at their meeting this week.

One member of the PAC last night turned the light on the Revenue Commissioners and called on officials to answer question on the scale of the investigation carried out into the contents of the dossier.

Labour TD for Dublin Mid West Robert Dowds described the dossier as "explosive" and said the PAC must act appropriately and in the public interest. "These are explosive allegations and as a member of the PAC I am treating them very seriously. Whichever way this is dealt with, my priority will be ensuring that the truth comes out and that the public interest prevails," he said.

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