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Taoiseach must clarify role of government in handling "whistleblower" allegations - Mary Lou McDonald TD

7 November, 2014 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Commenting on the “whistleblower” file received by the Public Accounts Committee, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD, has called on the Taoiseach to clarify the role of government in the handling of the "whistleblower" allegations.

Deputy McDonald said;

“The allegations of tax evasion by named public figures contained in this file are very serious. The alleged failure of state agencies to fully investigate these matters is also of grave concern.

“Notwithstanding the necessary caution in public commentary on these matters, there are a number of questions regarding this government’s handling of the “whistleblower” allegations which can and must be clarified by the Taoiseach.

“I understand that the allegations forwarded to the PAC this week had been brought to the attention of members of government from 2011 onwards.

“The Taoiseach must clarify whether Minister Richard Bruton and Attorney General Máire Whelan received correspondence alleging tax evasion and related complaints.

“The Taoiseach must set out what action, if any, his minister and the Attorney General took in response to these allegations.

“The Taoiseach must confirm whether Minister Richard Burton received a detailed witness statement from the “whistleblower” in December 2012.

“He must clarify whether Minister Bruton released that statement to the Garda Bureau of Fraud investigations to assist with ongoing inquiries.

“The Taoiseach has a responsibility to answer these questions without delay.”

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