Wednesday 22 November 2017

Hopes that Banking Inquiry would be a major exposé were just pie-in-the-sky

Even if it had the right powers, would Oireachtas members be best qualified to get to the bottom of what really happened at Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide?
Even if it had the right powers, would Oireachtas members be best qualified to get to the bottom of what really happened at Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide?
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

The Banking Inquiry is limping badly towards the finish. It's down two men (one might be regarded as a misfortune, two seems careless); the remaining nine can't agree an executive summary; and members are said to be "unhappy" with some "poor findings".

Never can the advance publicity for the report of a major inquiry have been so underwhelming. 'It's not going to be very good, but at least we'll get it done' seems to be the message coming from the bowels of Leinster House 2000, where the Inquiry team effectively set up camp in recent days.

That a report will be completed at all should be of some small comfort. Failure to do so would have brought the whole Oireachtas into disrepute, just weeks before a general election. That would have been hugely damaging.

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