Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (75, 76)

Stephen Donnelly

Question:

75. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Finance if he or his Department has had any contact with the National Asset Management Agency and its employees, including the NAMA chairman, Mr Frank Daly, in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22856/14]

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Stephen Donnelly

Question:

76. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Finance if he or his Department has at any time sought changes to specific personnel at the National Asset Management Agency, and-or to have named NAMA individuals reassigned so that they were not dealing with specific borrowers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22857/14]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 75 and 76 together.

As has been published in the Secretary General's diary on the Department of Finance's website http://www.finance.gov.ie/sites/default/files/December%202013.pdf, the Secretary General along with other senior officials met with Mr Crosbie on December 13th of last year. The meeting was not related to Mr Crosbie's dealings with NAMA.

Neither myself nor my Officials have made any attempt to influence NAMA in the manner suggested. As the Deputy is aware any attempt to influence NAMA in this way would contravene Section 221 of the NAMA Act, which makes it an offence to communicate with NAMA with the intention of influencing the making of a decision in relation to the performance of its functions.