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Fianna Fáil’s excuses on NAMA investigation U turn “don’t stack up”

30 June, 2016 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has branded Fianna Fáil’s U-turn on the need to establish a Commission of Investigation into the sale of NAMA’s Project Eagle loan book as “another example of their two-faced politics”.

Speaking on a Dáil motion last night to establish a Commission of Investigation Deputy Doherty said:

“Fianna Fáil’s excuses for u-turning on the need to establish a Commission of Investigation into the sale of NAMA’s Project Eagle loan book don’t stack up. Today they claimed that a Commission could interfere with criminal investigations in other jurisdictions.

“Yet in October last year, they tabled a motion calling for a Commission of Investigation to be established a full three months after the National Crime Agency in Britain had announced that they were investigating the matter.

“What we are really seeing is Fianna Fáil scrambling for an excuse not to cause Fine Gael any discomfort on sensitive issues that could rock the government. They have tied themselves into a deal with Fine Gael and now have to come up with excuses as to why they have u-turned on issues like NAMA , rent certainty and water charges. Their excuses don’t stack up.

“Nine months ago with a criminal investigation in full swing they called on the Dáil to support a Commission of Investigation. Now, after many more shocking details of the controversy have emerged they are retracting that call. The only thing that has changed is their deal with Fine Gael.

“Sinn Féin supported the motion and is consistent in our determination to see a Commission of Investigation to uncover the truth. This controversy directly affects every citizen in this State, everybody has a stake in NAMA for better or worse yet the government of this State can’t be bothered to properly investigate allegations of the most serious nature concerning the sale of one its major loan books. Political side deals should play no part in blocking an investigation.”

ENDS

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