Tuesday 21 November 2017

Nama whistleblowing site goes live claiming it will hold State organisation 'to account'

Independent TD Mick Wallace Photo: Tom Burke
Independent TD Mick Wallace Photo: Tom Burke
Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan

A whistleblowing website aimed at gathering information from anyone who believes they have been unfairly treated by Nama has gone live.

Namaleaks.com bills itself as a "secure and anonymous" site and Independent TD Mick Wallace has encouraged people to come forward with any evidence they might have of poor practice by the State's so-called 'bad bank'.

The site is being operated in conjunction with the US-based Freedom of the Press Association, which worked closely in the past with CIA whistleblower, Edward Snowden

Mr Wallace claimed recently he had been approached by up to 40 people, including developers, solicitors, former Nama employees and businesspeople, with serious allegations of misconduct involving Nama.

The Independent TD has been relentless in his pursuit of claims of wrongdoing at the State agency. The most serious of these centres on the sale of Nama's €5.6bn Northern Ireland loan book - code-named 'Project Eagle' - to the US private equity giant Cerberus.

All parties involved in the transaction have denied any impropriety, but the deal is the subject of an investigation by the UK's National Crime Agency and the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States.

Following the launch of Namaleaks.com yesterday, Mr Wallace pledged that the website would "hold Nama to account in the interests of the people of Ireland".

He added: "The best interests of the people of Ireland have not always been served by this State organisation."

A spokesman for Nama declined to comment.

Irish Independent

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