Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has expressed alarm at the Taoiseach’s remarks in the Dáil at the Order of Business today, when he appeared to reveal the actual reason for the Government’s decision to delay the commencement of the banking inquiry.
When pressed by the Fianna Fáil Leader for the reasons for the postponement of the inquiry, the Taoiseach made the extraordinary claim that it was delayed because the Government needed a majority on the committee of inquiry in order to agree terms of reference.
Deputy Martin commented, “The Taoiseach’s comments today would appear to completely undermine the commitments given previously by Minister Brendan Howlin and others who explicitly assured the public that this inquiry would not be a creature of the Government but would be an independent Oireachtas inquiry.
“If Minister Howlin was genuine in these assurances, how can he possibly stand by the comments of An Taoiseach who appears to believe that it will be the Government that will set the terms of reference and then whip Fine Gael and Labour TDs and Senators to approve these and agree them as the basis of the banking inquiry.
“The Government has been steadily undermining the credibility of this inquiry since the process began. Today’s comments by the Head of Government will only strengthen that impression.”