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Freeze Fitzpatrick’s bank account – Morgan

24 February, 2009


Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has welcomed news that Anglo Irish Bank is being raided by the Garda fraud squad. However Deputy Morgan questioned why the Gardaí were not sent in when the Government received the Price Waterhouse Cooper report on the bank in October. He went on to call for a freeze on the bank accounts of the former directors of Anglo Irish bank including Seán Fitzpatrick's bank account.

Deputy Morgan also repeated his call on the Government to release the names of the Golden Circle so that the Gardaí can focus their attention on their homes and offices before all material evidence is destroyed.

Deputy Morgan said, "While I welcome the Garda intervention in the Anglo Irish Bank scandal I must ask why it took so long to happen. Surely the Gardaí should have been sent in when the Government received the Price Waterhouse Cooper report on the bank back in October. The likelihood of any incriminating evidence remaining at the bank's headquarters is minimal after such a long time and all the publicity surrounding this scandalous affair.

"The Gardaí should now focus their attention on the homes and properties of the former directors of Anglo Irish Bank including Seán Fitzpatrick and each of their bank accounts should be frozen.

"It is now essential that the Government releases the names of the so-called 'Golden Circle' so that the Gardaí can focus their attention on their homes and offices before they can destroy any incriminating evidence if they have not already done so.

"Government claims that they cannot release the names for legal reasons are bogus as Dáil privilege supersedes any legislation in this regard. The fact is that the Government can name these ten fraudsters if they so wish. They should do so immediately in the national interest." ENDS

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