Speaking during leaders’ questions this morning, Sinn Féin deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD, asked the Tánaiste what the government now intended to do about the Anglo tapes.
“We know the Gardaí seized significant quantities of electronic and hard copy documents and recordings in respect of 18 employees of the Bank whose lines were recorded,” she said.
She added that the Central Bank, the government and the public were unaware of the tapes until their existence was leaked to media.
“Are we to remain in the dark until further tapes are leaked to the media?
It seems inconceivable that senior management in Anglo didn’t know that the gardaí had sought court orders for these tapes,” she said.
She outlined that:
“Alan Dukes was appointed as a public interest director to the bank in December 2008 and paid €127,000 in 2010. He became chairperson in 2010. But he wasn’t the only political appointment to the Bank. Former Fianna Fáil senator, Aidan Eames was appointed to the Board in June 2010.
“The Public Interest Directors didn’t inform the Central Bank at the time. It seems they didn’t even inform the government,” she said, asking too “Why did Alan Dukes sing dumb?”
“Tánaiste what are you going to do about these tapes?
“What will you do to ensure these matters are clarified and we’re not left to wait for a drip drip of further leaks in the weeks and months ahead?