Taoiseach must establish inquiry into allegations of political obstruction – Mary Lou McDonald
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has written to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny today to request that an inquiry is established to discover if there was political obstruction of the investigation of alleged tax evasion by senior public figures.
Deputy McDonald sent the letter today having named, under Dáil privilege, some of the people who are named in a dossier provided to members of the Public Accounts Committee by a whistle-blower.
She stressed that those named are entitled to their good name but that the whistle-blower should be allowed to continue with his investigation and a new inquiry should be established into possible political obstruction.
Teachta McDonald said;
“This dossier has been in my possession and in the possession of others on the PAC for a month now.
“I raised this issue with the Taoiseach at leaders’ questions on the 12th of November. It was only when the whistle-blower came forward that Minister Bruton passed information to the Gardaí having sat on it for two years.
“An Taoiseach advised me that the PAC would deal with the allegations contained in the dossier. Yesterday the PAC heard legal advice that it could not investigate the issue in any meaningful way.
“Other investigations into this matter have not progressed.
“Allegations of tax evasion by senior public figures must be investigated properly and the Gardaí should be allowed to do their jobs. I also believe that the whistle-blower should be allowed to continue his investigation.
“Just as importantly, we need to get to the bottom of why previous investigations into this matter never progressed and why the whistle-blower’s investigation was stopped.
“I have therefore written to An Taoiesach to ask him to establish an inquiry to discover if there was political obstruction of the investigation of alleged tax evasion by senior public figures.”