Inquiry Delay Looks Like Planned Failure – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has accused the Government of displaying a staggering lack of legal foresight with regard to the difficulties being encountered by the Commission of Inquiry into IBRC and the Siteserve controversy. Deputy McGrath made his comments as the Judge Brian Cregan who was appointed to lead the Commission informed the Taoiseach of legal issues which are preventing a credible investigation from being carried out:

“While it now looks like the main block to the Judge forming comprehensive conclusions is rooted in the Commission of Inquiry Act 2004, that does not detract from the perception that the government were in no way serious about getting to the heart of this matter.

How else could a Commission whose sole remit was to investigate secretive and non transparent activities be so clearly blindsided by concerns about confidentiality or privileged information?

Whatever happens now, it is increasingly unlikely that the public will get the answers it requires before the general election.

To that extent this government will have presided over a prolonged and obstructive process in terms of getting clarity on this issue.

That in itself raises genuine questions about the protection of vested interests by intentional government inaction.

Yet again the Irish people are witnessing a total political charade where accountability and their interests continue to be second fiddle, “ concluded Deputy McGrath.

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