Fianna Fáil has called on the Taoiseach to clarify evidence given to the Banking Inquiry after testimony from Enda Kenny was contradicted today by former Anglo executive Matt Moran.
Deputy Billy Kelleher commented: “This is a very worrying development and raises serious questions for the Taoiseach. I think Enda Kenny should seek to immediately clarify the matter surrounding his contact with Anglo Irish Bank in 2008. It would be a very serious matter if the Taoiseach has misled the Banking Inquiry.
“In his sworn evidence to the Banking Inquiry, Enda Kenny rejected the assertion that he shared information with Matt Moran, former chief financial officer with Anglo Irish Bank, about a possible deal between Bank of Ireland and Irish Life and Permanent in 2008. Mr. Kenny said ‘I reject that assertion completely’.
“Today Mr. Moran contradicted the Taoiseach’s evidence and said Mr. Kenny had discussed very specific information about the banking sector and what potential outcomes there would be for Anglo Irish Bank in the midst of the financial crisis. Mr. Moran told the Inquiry today that Enda Kenny, as Leader of Opposition in 2008, discussed the possibility that Bank of Ireland would be required by the State to take over Anglo.
“Mr. Kenny had stated at the Inquiry that “I had no conversation of any substance with Mr. Moran.” I think serious questions now hang over this claim by Mr. Kenny given the evidence heard today. This must be clarified in the public interest.”
“Mr. Moran said today that he told Mr. Kenny that then Anglo chief executive David Drumm was seeking an opportunity to meet him and that Mr. Kenny agreed to that. In his evidence at the Inquiry Mr. Kenny said Matt Moran has not conveyed any message to him during a phone call in 2008.
Deputy Kelleher added: “It is important that the Banking Inquiry is in possession of the full facts. The members of the inquiry team have a lot of evidence to sift through and contradictory accounts of critical discussions in 2008 involving the then Leader of Opposition are extremely unhelpful.”