Brian Lenihan claim, 'we all partied'

Brian Lenihan claim, 'we all partied'

A member of the banking inquiry has called on Fianna Fáil to apologise for Brian Lenihan's claim that "we all partied".

Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty says the claim is dismantled by the findings of yesterday's report.

Deputy Doherty was speaking as the Dáil debated the findings of the report, which he refused to sign.

He says the report shows how the public hold little responsibility for the banking collapse.

"It was caused by the lending and speculative activities of a tiny group of bankers and developers that were spurred on by a Fianna Fail led government who gave the banks and developers, when the crisis revealed itself, gave them a blanket guarantee that led them directly to Ireland seeking a bailout programme.

"Will we here an apology for the 'we all partied line' I won't hold my breath."

A Fianna Fáil TD says he wouldn't be surprised if the stress of the financial collapse led to Brian Lenihan's terminal illness.

Michael McGrath replaced the former minister as Fianna Fáil's finance spokesman in 2011 after Lenihan's death.

The comment came as TDs debated the 76 findings of the Banking Inquiry's final report.

Deputy McGrath says the inquiry gave members some insight to the "incredible pressure" Lenihan was facing.

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