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Bank probe summons editors for questioning

The €5m Oireachtas Banking Inquiry wants to hear from editors of the country's national newspapers and leading business journalists for two days next month.

Former Irish Independent editor Gerry O'Regan, former Irish Times editor Geraldine Kennedy and former RTE bosses Cathal Goan and Ed Mulhall are among those to be summoned.

The journalistic heavyweights will be quizzed as to their organisations' reportage in the run up, during and after, the banking crash.


Academic and columnist Elaine Byrne is being called before the inquiry as is Irish Times journalist Simon Carswell who will be quizzed about his book Anglo Republic.

At a private meeting of the inquiry, it was suggested that the Irish Examiner be called in, but the probe headed by Cork TD Ciaran Lynch ultimately rejected the idea.

Other media names are likely to be confirmed as early as next week.

Some members of the inquiry have expressed an interest in hearing from former Sunday Independent editor Anne Harris, given the paper's 2007 campaign for stamp duty relief for first time buyers.