Anglo contacts pressure mounts on Kenny

Opposition parties have stepped up demands for Taoiseach Enda Kenny to “come clean” over his contacts with Anglo executives.

Fianna Fáil are pressing Mr Kenny to make a statement addressing the matter after emails emerged claiming the then opposition leader had telephone conversations with a senior member of the bank’s staff in Nov 2008, two months later than the contact the Taoiseach had told the Dáil about.

Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley said the Taoiseach was guilty of hypocrisy for stating that the previous Government had been in an “axis of collusion” with the crisis-hit bank. Mr Dooley insisted the Taoiseach must “come clean” and detail all his contacts with officials from the bank.

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty described Mr Kenny’s failure to mention the contact as “questionable”, saying it raised question marks over the nature of the talks.

“I think if he was upfront and said that yes, he met with them, then of course that would be acceptable and that would be understandable,” he said.

The TD also insisted Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin “had a cheek” in asking the Taoiseach to detail his contacts with the bank when it was still unclear what contact he himself had with the bank.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore defended the Taoiseach, saying: “Where’s the story?”

The Labour leader said Fianna Fáil were hypocrites due to their responsibility for the banking crisis.

The Tánaiste said there was nothing unusual about opposition figures having contacts with major financial institutions.


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