Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (689)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

689. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding investigations into the banking crisis; the reason there is a delay in jailing bankers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22927/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I share the widespread concern that all of the criminal investigations into the former Anglo-Irish Bank be resolved as soon as possible.

Arising from major investigations carried out by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation (GBFI) and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE), the Director of Public Prosecutions has issued directions that certain individuals be charged with offences relating to the former Anglo-Irish Bank. These investigations were amongst the most complex ever undertaken in the State.

As the Deputy will be aware, the first set of charges came before the courts recently and verdicts were handed down. Other charges are scheduled to come before the Courts, and the question of bringing further charges is a matter for the Director of Public Prosecutions. The Deputy will appreciate that the setting of court dates is a matter for the courts and that the question of the verdict or sentence in any particular case is not something it would be appropriate for me to comment on. The Deputy will also appreciate, I am sure, that it is important that nothing be said which would risk interfering in any of the forthcoming trials.