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Adams - Government response to AIB scandal totally inadequate

29 May, 2004


Speaking today about the naming of people allegedly involved in the latest AIB scandal, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said: "Naming the alleged culprits is not enough. If there is evidence of wrong-doing, arrests should be made". Mr. Adams said:

In keeping with the Tanaiste's remarks yesterday about naming and shaming people involved in the latest AIB scandal, the Government's response to this breach of tax law has been totally inadequate. Naming the alleged culprits is not enough. If there is evidence of wrong-doing, arrests should be made.

This option has rarely been exercised against those in banking or other financial institutions, or for that matter, politics, the judicary, developers or other people in certain sectors who bring their own professions into disrepute by their involvement in white collar crime. Apparently this little golden circle is above the law.

Little wonder that there is increasing disillusionment with politicans and institutions. There are two laws. One for the rich and another for the rest of us.

Is this what Minister McDowell meant when he said inequality is an incentive for the economy?"ENDS

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