The Taoiseach needs to clarify his comment in the Dáil this afternoon that a file on the bank guarantee was ‘either shredded or has been disposed of or dispatched of’, according to Fianna Fáil Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath.

Deputy McGrath stated, “During Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil this afternoon, the Taoiseach suggested that files on the bank guarantee decision of September 2008 may have been shredded.

“The Taoiseach needs to clarify whether he has any evidence that files on the bank guarantee have been shredded, and if so, whether he has referred the matter to the Gardai. If he has no such evidence, then the comments should be withdrawn. Surely the civil servants working for the Taoiseach could clarify for him the existence of such a file?

“It ill behoves the Taoiseach to cast aspersions in this way on persons that could include serving and former civil servants, his predecessor as Taoiseach and former government ministers – one of whom is deceased.

“The Taoiseach was clearly uncomfortable today when pressed on his failure to articulate any coherent strategy on bank debt.  However, it is not good enough for the Taoiseach to respond to this by coming into the Dáil and making flippant comments about the possibility of files in his Department concerning vital government decisions being shredded. I very much hope he will clear up this matter quickly.”