Martin should tell the Dáil the names of Ministers who met bankers
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today called on the government to spell out what steps it intends taking to uncover the truth surrounding the banking crisis.
Speaking during Leaders Questions in the Dáil the Sinn Féin leader criticised the failure of the government thus far to put in place a process to achieve this and he challenged the Taoiseach to ask what other tapes from other banks are available.
Teachta Adams also called on the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to tell the Dáil the names of the senior Fianna Fáil Government Ministers who met the bankers at the time of the banking crash.
Speaking after Leaders Questions the Sinn Féin leader said:
“It is a matter of intense public frustration that five years on from the banking crisis not one banker has been jailed for their role in bankrupting the state and we still don’t know which Government Ministers met with which bankers during that period.
“The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who was a senior member of the cabinet at that time, should take the opportunity to make a statement to the Dáil in which he can provide the names of the senior Fianna Fáil Government Ministers who met the Bankers at the time of the banking crash.”
Teachta Adams added:
“The most important inquiry taking place at this time is the criminal inquiry into the corrupt criminal wrongdoing in the banks. The Gardaí and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement have been investigating this area for almost five years.
“If the bankers were not rich and well connected, if they were ordinary citizens, there would be no delay in prosecuting them.
“Yesterday the Taoiseach confirmed to me that the Anglo tapes were seized by the Gardaí from Anglo over four years ago. The State also bailed out Irish Nationwide, Irish Life and Permanent, EBS, Allied Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland. Do any such tapes exist from any of these banks?
“This morning the Taoiseach claimed that he didn’t know and I asked him to go and ask someone.
“All of these banks were bailed out by the state and Nationwide in particular is the epitome of corruption. The government needs to take urgent action to make the bankers, politicians and civil servants accountable.”