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Taoiseach needs to clarify contradiction in his Banking Inquiry evidence - Tóibín

4 September, 2015

Sinn Féin Junior Finance spokesperson Peadar Tóibín TD has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to clarify his evidence, given under oath to the Banking Inquiry, after subsequent evidence from former Anglo Irish Bank Official Matt Moran yesterday contradicted the Taoiseach’s account.

Deputy Peadar Tobin said:

“There are now problems with the evidence given by the Taoiseach to the Banking Inquiry. This is entirely of the Taoiseach’s own making. 

“Instead of treating the inquiry as an investigation into the events surrounding the crisis, the Taoiseach and his handlers instead used the inquiry as a platform for the upcoming election. They wanted to portray the Taoiseach as a strong, decisive leader. And because of this, they made sure he did not give any answers that would portray him in any way other than as decisive.

“So in the committee room when he was asked by Pearse Doherty about his telephone conversations with Matt Moran of Anglo Irish Bank, the Taoiseach got a rush of blood to the head and decided to give out clear and definite answers to an event where the only other person involved had still to give evidence. 

“His handlers wanted him to appear strong and so the Taoiseach said ‘It was never my business to be in contact with senior members of banks in the first place’. He said, ‘I reject that assertion and that allegation in that newspaper report, or in that e-mail, completely’.

“Yesterday, Matt Moran confirmed that the details in the emails that were printed in the Irish Times in 2013 were substantially correct, that the Taoiseach said to Mr Moran, ‘Listen, there’s noise around here that you’re going to be bought by this one, bought by that one.’

“It appears that Mr Kenny, for whatever reason, may have misled the banking inquiry. He may have given evidence under oath that may have been false. 

“This matter needs to be clarified now.

“The wider issue regarding the judgement skills of the Taoiseach – skills already under question as shown by the Fennelly Report – unfortunately remains unresolved. And these questions of judgement will not be spun away by noise and bluster. 

“Sinn Féin repeats its call for a vote of no confidence in the Taoiseach. He needs to go.” 

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