Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams TD has said the release of an EU Report expressing concern at corruption risks in Ireland highlighted the unhealthy ties that still exist between politicians and a small circle of business insiders in the state.
Gerry Adams said:
“This EU report highlights the fact that the government needs to do a lot more tackle corruption in public life.
“The failure to act swiftly and decisively in relation to those responsible for the financial collapse has led to widespread public cynicism at the prospects of anyone being held responsible.
“Sinn Fein has pushed for a Banking Inquiry to happen ever since the Fine Gael/Labour government came to power.
“While they have now moved to establish an inquiry we are concerned that it could be neutered by an overly strict definition of bias that would bar TDs and Senators from taking part.
“The Government needs to take note of the findings in this EU report and act to reassure the public that political corruption, so long a feature of this state will be tackled once and for all."