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Ferris questions government support for Cardiff

16 November, 2011 - by Martin Ferris TD


Sinn Féin TD for Kerry North/Limerick West Martin Ferris has questioned the government’s decision to stand over the nomination of Kevin Cardiff to the European Court of Auditors. Deputy Ferris was responding to a reply to a Dáil question he placed to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.

In his reply to a question from Deputy Ferris regarding the suitability of Mr Cardiff, the Minister states that “Mr Cardiff retains the Government’s full support as Ireland’s nomination to the European Court of Auditors. Mr Cardiff carries with him a long career of distinguished public service here and the credentials to do a first class job in respect of the European Court of Auditors.”

Deputy Ferris said: “While I am not questioning Mr Cardiff’s academic credentials or personal integrity, I do think that there are issues surrounding some of the matters which Mr Cardiff was involved with when in the Department of Finance.

“Most recently we had the situation where €3.6 billion was wrongly accounted for. Mr Cardiff was also involved in the approval of the Bank Guarantee and in the establishment of NAMA.

“For all of those reasons and indeed the considerable disquiet that exists among members of the government parties surely this nomination is inappropriate.”

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