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Noonan should release ECB letter - Doherty

28 October, 2014 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said Minister Michael Noonan should put an end to the saga of the November 2010 ECB letter to Minister Brian Lenihan and release the letter.

Deputy Doherty said:

“For years now Minister Noonan has been sitting on this letter and refusing to release it due to ECB pressure. He should now put an end to this saga and release the letter as a full unedited document.

“In the context of the Banking Inquiry it is inconceivable that this letter would not be available and public. Minister Noonan should act now and make public his copy of the letter. Transparency campaigners like Gavin Sheridan and the EU Ombudsman have requested this letter but have been rebuffed time after time.

“I have asked a number of times in the Dáil if Minister Noonan will release it while Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has pushed the case directly with the ECB. In May this year they reiterated to her that they did not intend to release the letter and that they would expect to be consulted if it was to be released to the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry.

“Minister Noonan should pre-empt any attempt by the ECB to procrastinate further or to impose conditions on the letter’s release by publishing it today.”

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