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Catherine Murphy Meets Taoiseach To Discuss Future of Cregan Inquiry

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy recently met with An Taoiseach and other opposition leaders to discuss the stalemate in relation to the Cregan inquiry into IBRC issues including Siteserv. During the 90 minute meeting Deputy Murphy raised a number of issues in relation to preferential interest rates, the potential undue influence of powerful individuals in terms of how this inquiry proceeds and potential solutions to move forward.

In response the Taoiseach relied heavily on his assertions that the difficulties with the inquiry could not have been foreseen and was adamant in his statement that there will be no solutions provided before a General Election. After a number of exchanges, the Taoiseach eventually agreed to circulate draft heads of a Bill to opposition leaders in advance of the Dáil resuming in mid-January.

Speaking following the meeting Catherine Murphy said:

“It is hard to have attended that meeting, in the context of everything else that has transpired in relation to this inquiry to date, and believe that the Government are serious about addressing the very significant concerns raised about IBRC and Siteserv. There was a lot of blame deflection from the Taoiseach and he refused to comment on whether or not the Attorney General had flagged these issues. He maintained that the decision to set up the Commission was a political one not a legal one and therefore the point regarding legal advice was moot in his opinion. I disagree.”

“I raised concerns regarding the legislation governing insider trading in this country and the complete lack of enforcement mechanisms which the Taoiseach agreed to be the case. On this and other issues it was eventually agreed that Government will circulate draft heads of a possible Bill to address the difficulties prior to the Dáil resuming on January 13th but the Taoiseach could not have been clearer that nothing will be enacted to allow Cregan to move forward before a General Election.”

“I have significant concerns about the Government’s commitment to getting answers on these issues but I do not intend to give up seeking those answers.”

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