Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has welcomed the government’s progress on establishing a banking inquiry.
He has however expressed serious reservations about the government’s plans particularly with what he describes as an “overly strict definition of bias” which could bar TDs and Senators from taking part in the inquiry.
The government last night briefed opposition parties on its plans for the banking inquiry.
Speaking in response Deputy Doherty said;
“Sinn Féin welcomes the fact that the government is finally moving to establish a banking inquiry.
“We have been pushing for this to happen since this government came to power.
“We have however, some serious reservations with the government’s plans as outlined to our party whip last night and we will be putting forward some recommendations to the Committee on Procedures and Privileges.
“I am particularly concerned that the inquiry could be neutered by an overly strict definition of bias that would bar TDs and Senators from taking part based on previous comments they may have made in relation to this issue.
“We recognise that the issue of bias must be dealt with. However the definition of bias should not be so tight as to bar the vast majority of Oireachtas members from becoming members of the Committee of Inquiry.”