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Public still in the dark about IBRC deals - Adams

3 June, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has again called for a full Commission of Investigation into transactions by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC).

Mr Adams was speaking following the publication of the High Court’s written judgement on its reasons for granting an injunction to billionaire businessman Denis O'Brien and IBRC against RTÉ.

Gerry Adams said:

“The courts have vindicated the right of individuals to confidentiality but have also ruled that such a right is not absolute and may give way to issues of very significant public importance.

“However, following a week of controversy in which Dáil privilege and press freedom have been called into question through the actions of a very powerful individual, citizens are still none the wiser as to what has been going on within IBRC.

“The Taoiseach and the government have demonstrated poor leadership on this issue. No one from the government rushed to defend the rights of the Oireachtas and of Oireachtas members.

“They did not ask the Attorney General to clarify the issue of Dáil privilege nor did they go to court to assert it. The government left it to the media. This is a clear abdication of their constitutional and political responsibilities.

“There remain very serious concerns at the actions of the IBRC in respect of the sale of Siteserv and other transactions.

“The Government has announced an in-house review which has no credibility, which the public has no faith in whatsoever and which has been rejected by almost the entire Opposition in the Dáil.

“What is very clearly required is a fully transparent, accountable Commission of Investigation to establish the facts of what has occurred. I will be raising this demand with the Taoiseach Mr Kenny, once again, when the Dáil resumes next week.”

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