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Sunday 22 April 2018

Timing of second complaint not adding up with evidence

THE second official complaint made by NAMA against a former employee was only formally made to the gardai on Monday, senior sources revealed.

This appears to be at odds with evidence at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday, where the head of NAMA, Brendan McDonagh, said "a second case was referred to the gardai in February of this year".

Both sides agree only two complaints have been made by NAMA about officials. A third complaint has been made to gardai by businessman Paddy McKillen.

The first case was that of Enda Farrell, a former official who allegedly leaked a large volume of data by email to potential buyers of NAMA assets.

The second matter relates to a complaint made to NAMA by a client claiming that a "single document" had been disclosed without authorisation. The third is a complaint by Mr McKillen.

Mr McDonagh told the PAC yesterday that the Garda Bureau of Fraud requested further details in relation to the second complaint in July.

When a complaint is made, it is assessed to see if it reaches the benchmark for a criminal investigation, a senior security source said.

"Once that has been established, a formal statement of complaint is taken and an investigation begins. The most recent complaint from NAMA was received on Monday of this week," the source added.

Irish Independent

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