Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Questions (65)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

65. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide an assessment of the value privileged inside information may have to potential buyers of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation during the term of liquidation. [10502/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

It is not possible to attach a value to this privileged information. I have been informed that in addition to the policies and procedures that have been put in place by the Special Liquidators to ensure that no privileged information leaves IBRC (in Special Liquidation), employees owe a common law duty of confidentiality such that they cannot use confidential information obtained during the course of their employment to the detriment of their (former) employer. In addition Ethic in Public Office Acts applies to current former executives and other office holders in the IBRC where the salary earned by those employees is not less than the maximum salary of a higher executive officer (general service grade, Class B PRSI) in the Civil Service (c.€55,415). Codes of Conduct issued under these Acts require that former office holders should act in a way which ensures an unfair advantage would not be conferred in a new appointment, by virtue of for example, access to official information the office holder previously enjoyed.