Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Business, Enterprise & Innovation and European Candidate for Ireland South Billy Kelleher TD has called for the publication of the report undertaken by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement into the collapse of the Anglo trial.
“It is completely unacceptable that the report into the collapse of the Seán Fitzpatrick trial, and the shocking failures of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and other public and administrative bodies, will not be published”, said Deputy Kelleher.
“This was the longest running criminal trial in the history of the State, which used up huge resources to investigate issues of corporate governance in a bank which was instrumental in bringing about the financial ruin of our banking system and our country’s public finances. When it went to trial, the presiding judge was scathing in his remarks about the ODCE.
“The first trial collapsed in 2015 when a legal adviser to the ODCE admitted shredding relevant papers. The subsequent trial ended in 2017 with the judge directing that Mr. Fitzpatrick be acquitted because the ODCE had coached witnesses and contaminated evidence.
“The government must now intervene to ensure that the ODCE report into the collapse of the trial is published. It appears clear that the Oireachtas Committee on Business, Enterprise & Innovation, of which I am a member, will not now receive the report because the Director of Corporate Enforcement has now withdrawn his offer to provide it to the Committee because of litigation fears.
“This whole saga was a shocking failure of public administration and the public has a right to know why this trial collapsed. I am calling on Minister Heather Humphreys to use all of the avenues open to her to ensure that this report is published so that the public can get some answers”, concluded Deputy Kelleher.