Kenny caught out on tall tales – Doherty
Sinn Féin TD and Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said that the admission by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny that there was no briefing from the Governor of the Central Bank is a very serious matter and highly embarrassing given that these comments were made in front of a gathering of the EPP group.
Deputy Doherty has called upon Enda Kenny to make a statement to the Dáil next week to clarify his comments and set the record straight.
Deputy Doherty said:
“The admission from An Taoiseach today is a very serious matter. Enda Kenny stood in front of his European sister parties and spun a yarn of how he made the decision not to station troops around Irish ATMs. Not only did this story cloud our understanding of this period. It also raised serious questions as to why neither Enda Kenny nor Professor Honohan offered to share this information with the Banking Inquiry.
“This is a government that has fallen for its own spin. The Taoiseach was quite clear that Professor Honohan contacted him on a Wednesday to tell him that the Army would be required on Friday to protect the ATMs and that capital controls would need to be introduced. He repeated this assertion several times. We now know that no such conversation took place.
“This matter is still open however. The Banking Inquiry must have complete clarity on whether Ireland came within 48 hours of introducing capital controls as Enda Kenny claimed. An Taoiseach must make a statement before the Dáil when it reconvenes next week to set the record straight and lay the matter to rest.
“I have also written to the Banking Inquiry to ask that it contacts both Enda Kenny and Professor Honohan to clarify this issue.
“An Taoiseach has not only embarrassed himself in being caught out on his increasingly tall tales, but he was representing Ireland and has embarrassed the state as a result of these wild claims.”