Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has called on the Taoiseach to explain why, despite repeated refusals to consider an independent inquiry, his Government now looks set to abandon the discredited KPMG process in favour of the Commission of Inquiry model proposed by Fianna Fáil and others.

Deputy Martin commented, “If reports are correct this latest development is just the latest chapter in the long running farce surrounding this Government’s handling of concerns about IBRC dealings.

“When the initial KPMG review was announced, we objected and made the point that sooner or later a proper independent investigation would be necessary to address public concerns.  The Government dismissed us.  Then, when it was clear that the public weren’t buying Government assurances, the Government changed tack and announced that a retired judge would have oversight.  Again we objected and made the point that sooner or later a proper independent investigation would be necessary.  Again, the Government dismissed us and voted against a Fianna Fáil Private Members Motion to establish a Commission of Investigation.

“Now, as the crisis grows and public confidence is shattered, the Government finally moves to do what they should have done on day one.  The obvious question is, what has changed from the Government’s perspective to prompt this change of heart?

“The Taoiseach who has been inexplicably silent over the course of the last week as the fundamental rights of TDs were being attacked, needs to come forward immediately and explain why he is now taking a course of action that he publicly and repeatedly ridiculed.

“Further, given the Government’s total ineptitude on this issue, I would also call on the Taoiseach to confirm that opposition leaders will be properly consulted on agreeing the terms of reference for the Commission of Inquiry.”