Government must get tough with lying bankers – Denise Mitchell TD
Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has called on deputies from all parties to back the Central Bank (Amendment) Bill 2018 which would make lying to the Central Bank a criminal offence.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Mitchell said:
“We see it all too often that there is a huge gulf between the attitudes of this State to criminals, such as thieves, and those involved in white collar crime.
"Of course, this attitude stems from a belief that when it comes to white collar crime, it in some way has a less serious impact on the victim. Well tell that to the 33,000 families who had their money stolen from them by banks in the tracker mortgage scandal."
She said these families endured huge hardship when it came to putting food on the table and back to school fees:
“Up to 100 of these families lost their homes because of this scandal. And yet, not a single person will be held criminally accountable for this disgraceful behaviour.
“It is totally outrageous, and it makes my blood boil, that many of these people are on enormous salaries and working for institutions which have been bankrolled by the Irish taxpayer, yet they have the sheer cheek to lie to the Central Bank.
“It’s finally time to get tough with them, and hopefully they’ll think twice before doing it again.”