Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins has said: “The Taoiseach must immediately clarify the details surrounding a £1,000-a-plate fundraising dinner hosted by him in October 1995, on the eve of the fateful Government decision on a second GSM operating licence, at which a bidder for that licence is said to have been in attendance. This is an extremely serious matter and requires an urgent response from Mr. Kenny.
“Claims have been made in the public domain that a Scandinavian businessman, who was one of those hoping to be part of a successful bid for the GSM licence, attended this dinner on October 23rd. However, for more than a decade, Fine Gael and its current leader Enda Kenny have refused to publish the full details of this event, including those in attendance.”
“This Government has made a great deal of having a commitment to ‘openness and transparency.’ I look forward to Enda Kenny being very open on this issue and not delaying any further before being transparent with the public on his party’s fundraising issues.
“The Taoiseach himself has acknowledged that the tribunal’s report is serious however he is refusing to answer any questions on it and continues to play for time in the hope that the media and political parties move on.
In light of the position adopted by both Fine Gael and Labour in opposition regarding legal advice I trust the new Government is intending to publish in full the advice of the new Attorney General on the report of the Moriarty Tribunal,” concluded Deputy Collins.