Speaking in the Dáil this morning Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald described the Governor of the Central Bank’s admission yesterday that he does not intend to forward any further information on the now infamous Anglo tapes to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement or Gardaí as simply incredible.
The Dublin Central TD said:
“Yesterday was just like every other day for the thousands of families in mortgage distress. Some are facing eviction, like the family in Kanturk, and there will be others facing the same.
“The Governor of the Central Bank Patrick Honohan’s appearance before the Finance Committee yesterday had a sense of the extraordinary about it. The public were rightly scandalised when the Anglo tapes first emerged.
“Families in deep mortgage distress have had to endure listening to Anglo’s ‘moolah men’ describe how they picked figures from their posterior and of their plans to go down to the Central Bank ‘arms swinging’ demanding a multimillion euro bailout.
“Yet the Governor of the Central Bank tells us that he does not intend to forward any further information on the Anglo tapes to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement or to the Gardaí. This is a simply incredible statement. Are bankers to remain truly untouchable?
“Patrick Honohan shocked the committee further by stating he hadn’t even listened to the tapes and has no intention of doing so.
“There is huge public interest in getting to the truth about what happened in Anglo, and there is justifiable anger about the hardship people are suffering as a result of the banking collapse.
“The Central Bank is uniquely placed to judge whether any regulatory breaches exist in the tapes. The Governor and his officials must listen to the tapes and pass on any comments or reports to the Gardaí and Director of Corporate Enforcement.”