Fianna Fáil Jobs Spokesperson Dara Calleary has said that the Taoiseach’s comments about John Perry on this morning’s Morning Ireland programme have increased pressure on the Minister to come clean and make a full statement on the implications of his secret bank deal with Danske Bank and his dealings with the Revenue Commissioners.
During the interview, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was lukewarm in his support for Minister Perry and when asked whether he thought the public should have the right to see the details of the Minister’s secret bank deal, he fudged his answer and invited the Minister to do so if he thought it was the appropriate thing to do.
Deputy Calleary commented, “The Government has stonewalled the Irish people for too long on this issue. When this first became public, Fianna Fáil were clear that the Minister should be given time to sort his affairs, but we were equally clear that the Irish people were entitled to reassurances that the Minister did not abuse his position in dealing with the banks or the Revenue Commissioners and that he would not be given special treatment by virtue of his privileged position.
“Unfortunately, no such assurances are possible while the Taoiseach and his colleagues stonewall and ignore questions. This morning’s performance by the Taoiseach was the first time that we saw any gap emerge between Fine Gael colleagues on the subject. My hope is that Minister Perry will get the message and come forward quickly with a full statement.”