Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (223)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

223. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance if he or anyone in his Department issued a request to Anglo Irish Bank for copies of recorded phone calls between bank employees prior to the release of such tapes by a national newspaper. [31768/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I can confirm that neither I nor any official in the Department issued a request to Anglo for copies of recorded phone calls between bank employees prior to the release of such tapes by a national newspaper. The Department of Finance does not have statutory powers to investigate such matters. It would be completely inappropriate for the Department of Finance to act outside its legal powers and conduct investigations that could compromise potential future criminal or civil investigations by the bodies responsible under statute. I am advised that these tapes formed part of the material that was supplied to An Garda Síochána as part of their investigation into matters at Anglo Irish Bank.