Enda’s big plan sure to give bankers last laugh
The Taoiseach has provided another Merlot moment for the shameless suits
This could involve all the principals in this sorry saga, including politicians.
But the Taoiseach focused his sights firmly on the last government and “the axis of collusion” between Anglo Irish Bank and Fianna Fáil.
And dredged up the lowlights of the relationship between those two entities, just in case anybody had forgotten.
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No. In his view, a parliamentary inquiry is the way to go.
The Fianna Fáil leader was on the button when he concluded that Enda’s response confirmed “why it will not be possible to have a non-partisan independent inquiry here”.
It’s a strange turn of events when the leader of Fianna Fáil comes out on top in a Dáil discussion of the economic collapse presided over by a government of which he was a member.
But Enda was adamant. He “assumed” his way was best because it would have “the moral authority to call former politicians of influence” who would tell them how they were duped by “the boys”.
He told the Dáil he met executives from that bank some weeks after the ill-fated bank guarantee and they sure pulled the wool over his eyes.
Not only was he taken in by them, but Richard Bruton was with him at the time and they were treated “to a tissue and a fabrication of untruths, as it transpired”.
So the Government will gnaw away at the political remains of Brian Cowen and the rest, but can’t do anything about the boastful bankers who cost us billions.
“People want to know the political environment,” insisted the Taoiseach.
The Garda is looking after everything else.
And there’s the lawyers to consider too.
Gerry Adams wondered why nobody in Government knew anything about the Anglo tapes, particularly, as the Taoiseach indicated, the Garda has had them since 2008.
Given that the Minister for Justice is privy to all sorts of “tittle-tattle” from the boys in blue, he felt it strange that this juicy information didn’t come his way.
But it didn’t. And Enda was back to complaining how not a shred of information about the night of the bank guarantee remains in Government Buildings.
“Scandalous,” said Mattie McGrath.
“The BBC and the whole world are discussing what is going on in Ireland. ”
He followed up on what the Sinn Féin leader had to say. “Are we to seriously believe, five years on, that nobody in government asked were there any records?”
The Taoiseach reminded him that he was once a member of Fianna Fáil.
The boys who beggared a nation won’t have to front up in his parliamentary inquiry, but Enda will go after the schmucks in Fianna Fáil.
Providing a fearless voice for the toothless and another Merlot moment for the shameless suits.