Wednesday 17 January 2018

Finding suitably qualified bodies for bank inquiry will be major headache

John Downing

John Downing

'WANTED: senior politician with a good grasp of finance and banking. Keen powers of concentration and analysis are vital. Note: Must have spent the past five years under a large rock with no access to any kind of media."

That is how an advertisement for members of the new Oireachtas Committee of Inquiry Into the Banking Collapse of autumn 2008 might read.

The key dilemma will be how to find committee members – be they TDs or senators – who have not spoken about the banks in the past in such a way that would leave them open to allegations of bias.

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