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Department officials recommended publication, yet ODCE report on Seán Fitzpatrick investigation remains secret – Maurice Quinlivan TD

22 November, 2018 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD, today said that the report into the failings by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement in the Seán Fitzpatrick trial should be published immediately, in line with what Departmental officials recommended to the Minister back in September 2017.

Speaking today, the Limerick City TD said;

“In the aftermath of the collapse of Seán Fitzpatrick’s trial in May 2017, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation received a report from the Director of Corporate Enforcement outlining what went wrong during their shambolic investigation into the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank.

“On May 24th in response to a question from my colleague Gerry Adams TD, the then Taoiseach told the Dáil 'when the report from the Director becomes available to the Minister, it will be published and made available for everybody.'

“Information I have received through an Freedom of Information request shows that officials in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation recommended in September 2017, to the then Minister for Business, Frances Fitzgerald, that the “report should be published as soon as possible.

“Unfortunately despite this commitment from the Taoiseach in the Dáil, the recommendation from officials in the Department and numerous requests from me and other Deputies for its publication, this report remains secret.

“This is completely unacceptable, and highlights a serious lack of transparency in the Department of Business.

“This report is vital to understanding what went wrong in the ODCE to ensure the same mistakes are not repeated in the future.

“The government now intend to bring forward legislation to establish a new white collar crime agency, but without the full facts of what went wrong in the old one, the Oireachtas will not be fully informed as to what is needed in any new agency

“Minister Humphreys must publish the report immediately.”

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