Monday 20 November 2017

Probe called to account

THREE cheers for Mr Justice Peter Kelly in his complaints about the length of time it it is taking to investigate allegations of wrongdoing at Anglo Irish Bank. The way things are going, some of those convicted of misbehaviour in other countries will have paid their debt to society before any Irish ones are even held to account.

Matters have been complicated by the fact that there are two investigations: one by the Garda and one by Paul Appleby, the Director of Corporate Enforcement. This may not have been a good idea in the first place. The Garda investigation into possible criminal actions must take precedence and it complicates matters to have the two taking place together.

Nor is it likely that the law would let Mr Appleby take action against anyone facing criminal prosecution. Having said all that, it is still a shock that some 50 people have yet to be interviewed in this investigation.

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