Opinion Shane Ross

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Bank probe: no TDs need apply

INTEGRITY: Former DPP James Hamilton would be a good choice to head up the proposed banking inquiry
INTEGRITY: Former DPP James Hamilton would be a good choice to head up the proposed banking inquiry

Shane Ross

WERE you listening to the guff from government ministers last week? All the pompous garbage about TDs having a constitutional duty to hold a bank inquiry?

They dismiss suggestions that TDs cannot be trusted. They hold up their hands in mock horror at the idea that deputies are already compromised by past statements or personal spats with banks.

Perish the thought. Ministers insist that TDs possess all the necessary qualities for an inquiry. As chairman they will seek a reliable, independent TD, naturally enough one with government sympathies. Luckily, they need look no further than Michael Lowry, whose battle with the banks to save his fridge business, gives him proven talent to preside over the probe. His umbilical cord with Fine Gael makes him ideal.

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