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Carthy will seek to ensure that ECB Dialogue is worthwhile

10 September, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Sinn Féin MEP and member of the European Parliament’s Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee, Matt Carthy, has confirmed that he will engage in the proposed dialogue with ECB President Mario Draghi when he appears before the committee in November.  However Mr. Carthy insisted that the suggested talks were no consolation for the failure of the ECB to engage with the Oireachtas Banking enquiry.

Carthy said: 

“I will, of course, participate in the proposed dialogue with Mario Draghi and attempt to ensure that all relevant ECB information regarding its role in the Irish Banking crisis is forthcoming.  Since my election to the European Parliament last year, I have engaged with the ECB through dialogues and written correspondence in this vein.

“I do fear that the proposed interchange will be minimalistic with a prepared statement by the ECB president to be followed by an extremely limited opportunity for MEPs to actually put questions and receive responses.  I will be working with the Economic & Monetary Affairs committee secretariat and members to ensure that the engagement is more substantive that this.

“Regardless of the outcomes of the November dialogue, which I do hope that it will prove worthwhile, it cannot mask the absolute scandalous failure of the ECB to formally engage with the Oireachtas banking enquiry.”

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