ODCE in drastic need of reform – Ellis
Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis HAS this morning called for the reform of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and a more vigorous approach in the pursuit of those who bankrupted this state.
Deputy Ellis said:
“I was shocked to learn that the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement has had no prosecutions or convictions in the last two years. It is beyond belief that those who brought this country to its knees economically have it seems got away with it.
“Is it the government’s message to those who have struggled through the years of austerity, mass unemployment, emigration and the destruction of our economy that white collar crime pays? That what the message seems to be.
“Pensioners have been threatened with legal action because of the non-payment of a dog licence. They were vigorously pursued until this minor debt was paid. I also have had many constituents come to my office asking for help because of a small welfare infraction that they are being pursued over by the Department of Social Protection.
“Yet, the vigorous pursuit of pensioners, the unemployed and others over what is often minor infractions contrasts starkly with lack of action and the less than vigorous pursuit of those who have cost this state billions of Euro.
“The bankers and others who bankrupted this country need to be pursued with the same vigour and be made answerable for their greater infractions.”