Taoiseach Enda Kenny was today forced to apologise for his remarks in 2011 when he claimed that there were no records relating to the bank guarantee in his department and he claimed that they may have been shredded or ‘hidden down the back of a radiator’.

Following correspondence from Micheál Martin to Departmental officials and a series of Freedom of Information requests, it quickly became clear that the Taoiseach had misled the Dáil and that his remarks had no basis in fact. Despite resistance to acknowledge the slur over the course of more than two years, the Taoiseach was today forced to apologise for his comments.

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD commented, “We knew the minute he made the outrageous remarks that the Taoiseach was simply making this claim up.  It was an outrageous slur not only on his predecessor, but on the entire senior staff of his Department.

“While the Taoiseach continued to play games with this issue for far too long, even after we proved his claims were false, we welcome the fact that today he has finally acknowledged that the claim was false and apologised.”