In yet another blatant act of self-preservation, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed that there will be no independent inquiry into the Siteserv controversy, going as far as actually defending Government’s handling of the issue.
There were heated scenes in the Dáil after Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy made claims against Finance Minister Michael Noonan. Murphy later agreed to withdraw these claims.
Mr Murphy questioned whether Mr. Noonan should actually resign over the controversy. This statement drew audible shocked gasps from Government benches.
The Opposition then claimed that the appointment of a liquidator to review transactions by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) was not entirely satisfactory.
Gerry Adams from Sinn Fein said “You seem to be insisting on proceeding with a review that nobody has any faith in.”
The Taoiseach then rejected calls for an independent inquiry, claiming that if one was launched, his Government would be accused of “trying to kick the issue beyond the General Election.”
Mr. Kenny announced that review by liquidators KPMG will be completed by the end of August.