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'Why did Fianna Fail ignore warnings on Nationwide? demands Gilmore

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 07:57 PM

Leaders' Questions this afternoon in the Dáil saw the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore question the Taoiseach about Irish Nationwide.

"I find what the Taoiseach said remarkable, namely, that he was not given any report about anything amiss or strange happening in the society, given the fact that in 2006 the Government prepared legislation and brought it to the House one night. It was at night, the day before the House arose for the summer recess in 2006. The Government put the legislation through the House in one night, legislation that was tailor-made for the enrichment of Mr Fingleton.

"I find it strange, given that this legislation was introduced by the Government and approved by the Taoiseach when he was Minister for Finance, that he had no report, as he tells the House, from the Financial Regulator or the Registrar of Friendly Societies who had responsibility for building societies, the Governor of the Central Bank, or anybody else, to say that anything was amiss."

You can watch Eamon's full contribution to Leaders' Questions in the accompanying video and read the full Dáil transcript on the Oireachtas website.

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