Fianna Fáil’s Business Spokesperson, Billy Kelleher TD has said that Minister Humphreys’ refusal to publish the full ODCE report into the collapse of the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank boss, Sean Fitzpatrick is not acceptable and sends a very negative signal.
Deputy Kelleher was speaking after raising the issue directly with the Minister in the Dáil during Ministerial Questions.
“The Government’s refusal to publish the 235-page report, prepared by the ODCE on foot of a request by the Government itself, is not acceptable to me or my party.
“Attempts by the Government to gloss over issues pertaining to the failure of the case by not publishing the full report, and by only offering the public an ‘account of the investigative failings’ is emblematic of how the Government likes to deal with bad news stories.
“Minister Humphreys, in hiding behind the Companies Act, is treating the national parliament, and the people of Ireland with contempt.
“Fine Gael’s laissez-faire approach to white collar crime is rooted in its history as being Ireland’s party of big business, and of its instinct to protect institutions rather than citizens.
“Fianna Fáil has been calling for this report to be published for over a year since the original 235-page report on the failed trial was presented by the ODCE in June 2017 to Frances Fitzgerald, then Enterprise minister.
“What is Minister Humphreys afraid of? Why is she so hesitant in publishing the full report? Given the role of Anglo in the country’s economic crisis, the Oireachtas and the Irish people deserve to know why this trial failed,” concluded Kelleher.