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Editorial: Right call on banker video evidence


David Drumm

David Drumm

David Drumm

The advice given to the Banking Inquiry not to hear evidence from ex-Anglo Irish Bank boss David Drumm is the right counsel.

If Mr Drumm’s video evidence had gone ahead as had been mooted it would have risked ongoing investigations and court cases.

It would also have provided a public forum to an individual who by rights should be answering questions in person in this jurisdiction – not answering them remotely in another.

There is no doubt that Mr Drumm’s testimony is of interest, given the pivotal role he played in the 2008 collapse of Anglo Irish Bank, an event which cost the taxpayer billions.

But this evidence should be offered in person and should only be offered after Mr Dunne has answered questions that gardai wish to put to him.

The ex-Anglo man appears reluctant to return to Ireland to do the latter. Until he does so he should not be provided with any forum to air his views on the issues at hand.


Race time in Galway

IT’s one of the highlights of the Irish sporting summer, a week when the good and the great – and anyone else who  fancies a punt – make their way to Ballybrit for the annual Galway Races festival.

Up to 140,000 people are expected to descend on the racecourse during the course of the week, with 52 races scheduled.

But it’s not all about activity on the track – Ladies’ Day on Thursday is one of the social highlights of the year, while  Sunday has been designated Family Day.

If you’re travelling to the West this week enjoy the Festival – and if you’re betting on the races at the track or elsewhere, best of luck.