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Government claims on collapse of IBRC Commission of Investigation not credible - Pearse Doherty TD

9 November, 2015 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féín Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said government claims that it only became aware of problems with the IBRC Commission of Investigation are not credible.

Deputy Doherty said a journalist from the Times online wrote about this issue in September and put these issues to a government spokesperson.

Speaking today Deputy Doherty said;

“The Times online reported this story back in September and asked a government spokesperson for a response to claims that legal difficulties would delay the final report of the inquiry.

“The government’s response was that the inquiry would report on time.

“Only now, when the government’s hand has been forced by the letter from the judge in charge of the inquiry, has the Taoiseach acted to get legal advice.

“Claims that the government only found out about the legal difficulties last week have no shred of credibility and are completely disingenuous.

“We have to remember that the government done all in its power to avoid establishing this inquiry and to say the Minister was not forthcoming with the information at his disposal would be an understatement.

“It seems that the lessons have not been learned and, if the government continues with this attitude, we could end up in the farcical situation where we need to establish an inquiry to find out why the original inquiry was allowed to collapse.”


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