There are other bank tapes
During Leader’s Questions in the Dáil today the Taoiseach acknowledged under questioning from the Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD that there are tapes of conversations in banks other than Anglo Irish.
The Taoiseach also revealed that the Minister for Finance is writing to the banks tomorrow asking that they ensure that any tapes in their possession are kept safe.
The Sinn Féin president expressed surprise that the Minister for Finance is only writing to the banks tomorrow asking that they ensure that these tapes are held secure for a future inquiry.
He said: “It’s been five years since the banking crisis and several years since the gardaí took possession of the Anglo tapes. The government has known of the existence of the Anglo tapes at least since the first was published, almost two weeks ago.
“But only now is the Minister for Finance taking action. This is evidence of the dismal way in which the government has handled this crisis from the outset.”
Speaking after Leader’s Questions, Gerry Adams TD said:
“It is clear that the on-going revelations from the Anglo tapes continue to disturb and outrage citizens.
“Much of the focus around the tapes has been on who within the Fianna Fáil government met with the bankers and what can they tell us of the events of September 2008.
“Last week I asked Deputy Martin, who was then a senior figure in the cabinet, to make a statement to the Dáil setting out which Fianna Fáil government ministers met the bankers. There has still been no response to that from the Fianna Fáil leadership.
Last week the Taoiseach also said that there were no files of any value in the Department of the Taoiseach. Today I asked him about the files in the Department of Finance and the Central Bank and can these files shed more light on what happened?
He declined to answer. ends