Responding to the interview with former Anglo public interest director Alan Dukes on Drivetime on Friday, Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said there were implications from Alan Dukes that the Department of Finance and the Central Bank were aware of the existence of the Anglo tapes.
Deputy Doherty added that it appears that Alan Dukes has acted disgracefully and needs to be called to account.
Deputy Doherty said:
“I am shocked and appalled at these explosive revelations, which were made only because I asked Parliamentary Questions, which revealed Alan Dukes had known about these tapes.
“In the interview today, Alan Dukes said that ‘the board of the bank had to make a whole serious of decisions about the action we had to take in order to cooperate with the investigation, all of the board papers of the bank were made available to the central bank and to the department of finance in advance of each board meeting … so that they knew or had the information at all times’.
“This poses serious questions. Did the Department of Finance and the Central Bank not read the board papers and minutes given to them at the time; were they asleep at the wheel? Or did they read them and know about the tapes? We need clarity immediately. Would the government have proceeded with the promissory note course if it had been aware in 2009 of those tapes?
“The interview with Alan Dukes revealed an arrogant man, who was paid handsomely for his role and admitted knowing what was on those tapes, but didn’t see fit to ensure the bank investigators were given them or told about them. He allowed the employees recorded to remain in their jobs on huge salaries. This is an outrage and very much not in the public interest. Alan Dukes needs to be held to account immediately. ”