‘Independent’ limits coverage of Anglo tapes following contact from DPP

DPP understood to have expressed concern about potential consequences of emergence of information into public domain

It is understood that, having been contacted on Thursday by the DPP, the Irish Independent initially decided to publish yesterday what it regarded as the least contentious recordings at its disposal. Photograph: Frank Miller

It is understood that, having been contacted on Thursday by the DPP, the Irish Independent initially decided to publish yesterday what it regarded as the least contentious recordings at its disposal. Photograph: Frank Miller

Sun, Jun 30, 2013, 10:25


The Irish Independent curtailed its coverage of the Anglo Irish Bank recordings in yesterday’s newspaper after being contacted by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

It is understood the DPP did not take issue with the Independent’s coverage of the story, but that it expressed concern about the potential consequences of the emergence of certain other information into the public domain.

The Friday editions of the paper did not contain any new details from the Anglo tapes.

Inquiry
The revelations that were contained in the recordings of telephone conversations between senior Anglo Irish executives in 2008 have generated widespread national debate and given new impetus to efforts to establish a banking inquiry.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday called on people who knew what lay behind the Anglo Irish Bank debacle to “stand by the Republic” and come forward with any information that could be of use to the inquiry.

It is understood that, having been contacted on Thursday by the DPP, the Irish Independent initially decided to publish yesterday what it regarded as the least contentious recordings at its disposal. However, a decision was then taken not to run any recordings in yesterday’s editions.

Spokespeople for the DPP and the Irish Independent declined to comment.