25 Jan 2017, 14.23

Matters relating to business and banking will be on the agenda when the Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach meets tomorrow, Thursday, 26 January at 10am in Committee Room 2.

25 January 2017

The following witnesses will appear before the Committee:

•    Mr. Gerry Beades, Chairman, Friends of Banking Ireland;
•    Ms. Jackie Lavin, Bill Cullen Premier Cars;
•    Mr. Seamus Ó Muilleaneoir, Chairman, Public Banking Forum of Ireland.

Committee Chairman, John McGuinness TD, said, “Tomorrow the Finance Committee will address the impact of the practices and procedures of banks in Ireland on the business customer. Seamus Ó Muilleaneoir will speak to the Committee about public banking and the work of the Public Banking Forum, which aims to promote and facilitate discussion between those dedicated to banking reform and experts in the field. ‘Friends of Banking Ireland’ was set up by Gerry Beades in 2006 following his experiences in dealing with ACC Bank and its Dutch parent Rabobank. Mr. Beades will give us his perspective on dealing with financial institutions and also inform us as to the experiences of other members of Friends of Banking Ireland. We will also hear from business woman, Jackie Lavin, who experienced the loss of a number of her businesses during the recession. Some of the issues members will be keen to discuss are likely to include the current banking environment, supports available to businesses and the ongoing tracker mortgage controversy.”

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