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Gilmore calls Government amendment on banking inquiry a 'scam'

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 07:38 PM

Proceedings today in the House, the first day of the Dáil session, were dominated by the banks, from Leaders Questions this morning to the financial statements in the afternoon to this evening's Private Members' time which will debate a Labour Party motion seeking an inquiry into the Banks.

During Leaders' Questions this morning, the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD was strongly critical of the Government's amendment to this evening's motion describing it as a 'sham'. Eamon said the Government's amendment would see any inquiry being held in private with the Dáil excluded from the process.

Eamon said: "This is public business. This is business that affects every single taxpayer in the country, people who will have to pay for years to come for the failings that happened in the banking system. The public are entitled to have this inquiry conducted in public so they can draw their own conclusions and see it carried out as a public exercise."

You can see Eamon's contribution in the accompanying video while the full transcript of the proceedings will be published soon on the Oireachtas website.

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